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Halloween safety tips


Layering will help keep trick-or-treaters warm
Layering will help keep trick-or-treaters warm

Cheryl Santa Maria, staff writer

October 31, 2011 — When the ghosts and goblins come out to play, it's important to make health and safety a priority.

Parents should inspect candy before it is eaten
Parents should inspect candy before it is eaten

As little ones dream of candy and costumes, safety watchdogs have issued tips designed to keep kids in good spirits this Halloween.

Poor lighting, wacky weather and clumsy costumes can be a bad combination for excited trick-or-treaters.

Georgia Carson, a costume safety specialist, suggests using reflective lights to increase visibility and wearing layers to keep warm.

If your little one is planning to don a mask, you might want to give it a second thought.

“I definitely don't recommend masks for children,” Georgia says. “For one thing, it's difficult to find a mask that will allow a child to see and breathe properly. It's much better to add makeup to the face.”

Spooky accessories - like wands, chains and swords - should be made out of soft and bendable material and be free of sharp edges.

Health Canada advises wearing sensible walking shoes. It's also a good idea to bring along a backpack to empty goodies into when trick-or-treat bags become too heavy.

Parents are encouraged to inspect candy before it is eaten. Homemade or unwrapped treats should be discarded, along with any candy that has tears in its packaging.

Lastly, fire departments recommend choosing costumes that are comprised of flame-resistant materials like nylon or heavyweight polyester.

Check out our Canadian Cities Index to get up-to-date information on the Halloween weather in your neighbourhood.

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