5 Halloween Safety TipsTrick or treating is fun for kids, but the stats on kids' safety on October 31 are downright scary. Here are tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics for Halloween safety.
Pumpkins, parties, sweets galore: It's no wonder kids go bonkers -- and accidents happen -- on October 31. You know to keep 'em away from jack-o'-lanterns and any other lit candles (right? just checking), but you've also got to be smart on the street. "Because of the high volume of kids out on Halloween, more are hit by cars than at other times of the year," says Kyran Quinlan, M.D., chair-elect of the AAP's council on injury, violence, and poison prevention. Another less obvious modern-day nemesis: button batteries. They're in musical greeting cards, invitations, and blinking costume parts. If swallowed, they can get stuck in the throat and burn the tissue. Here's how to suit up and troll for treats safely:
Sheathe the Saber
The safest accessories are short and soft. Try to talk him into leaving unwieldy swords and pitchforks at home.
Hem the costume if it's dragging to prevent tripping (use packing tape or iron-on Stitch Witchery).
Walk This Way
Clown shoes and plastic heels are never easy to walk in -- especially in the dark. Go for sneaks or flats.
A mask should have eyeholes wide enough for your kid to see well (cut bigger openings if necessary). Better yet, opt for face paint instead.
Add reflective tape on the back, arms, and legs of dark costumes so he's more visible to drivers.
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