ALABAMA, USA — As the spooky season kicks into high gear this weekend, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) recommends the following tips to help ensure everyone has a safe and fun time this Halloween.
- Be sure costumes, masks, wigs, beards, and other accessories are flame-resistant.
- Add reflective tape to costumes, bags, and accessories to increase visibility.
- Wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.
- Do not use decorative contact lenses that can be purchased without a prescription. These may not fit properly and could cause scratches, ulcers, and other eye injuries.
- Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child.
- Caution children against running out from between parked cars, or across yards where obstacles may be hard to spot.
- Stick to walking areas that are well-lit and free of obstacles. Carry a flashlight to see and be seen more easily.
- Never walk near lit candles or luminaries.
- Avoid distraction by electronic devices.
- Only go to homes where the parents know the residents.
- Visit homes that have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.
- Remove potential obstacles for trick-or-treaters from your lawn, porch, and steps.
- The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency also recommends checking their sex offender registry. The registry allows you to see where sex offenders live and ensure your children are visiting safe homes.
- Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters, such as individual packs of raisins, trail mix or pretzels. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.
- Examine treats for choking hazards before allowing them to be consumed.
- Limit the amount of sugary and sticky candies consumed.
- Drink more water and brush and floss after consuming sugary treats to control the formation of decay-causing bacteria and plaque and prevent the onset of tooth.
For more information about staying safe and healthy this Halloween season visit the ADPH website.