|October 28, 2003||FDA Halloween Safety|
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Dr. Eric E. Whitaker,state public health director, reminded motorists to slow down and keep an eye out for ghosts and goblins on Halloween and urged parents to take special precautions to ensure their child's safety while trick-or-treating.
"Using safety tips and common sense can make Halloween a fun, safe and happy time for kids," Dr. Whitaker said. "Young children are understandably excited to trick-or-treat and sometimes they forget to be careful. Particular attention should be paid to crossing streets and taking precautions to protect children from falls."
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), four times as many children 5 to 14 years of age are killed on Halloween evening compared to any other night of the year either through falls, being hit by a vehicle or other accidents.
"Parents need to make sure their children can see and can be seen," Dr. Whitaker said. "Their costumes should be light in color or reflective and not interfere with their ability to see, and they should carry a flashlight. Parents also should supervise their school-aged children and talk to them about safety before they go trick-or-treating."
To make sure a child's Halloween is safe, Dr. Whitaker suggested the following tips:
PARENTS ALSO SHOULD · Supervise children younger than 12 years of age. · Not send children out on an empty stomach. You don't want kids munching on treats before there is a chance to inspect them. · Plan a trick-or-treating route before children leave and set a return time. · Give children change in case they need to make a phone call.
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