Due to high pedestrian traffic, low visibility, and a number of other factors, Halloween can be a frightening holiday for accidents and injuries. But many of them can be prevented, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in a recent release. To aid families and individuals in having a fun but safe Halloween celebration, the CPSC issued a series of guidelines. The following are a few regarding safe costumes and clothing.
- Always choose costumes with a certified “flame resistant” label. Fabrics with flame resistant qualities include polyester or nylon.
- Lower the danger of coming into contact with lit jack o’ lanterns and other open flames by avoiding costumes that have long draping or hanging parts; these can catch fire and also present tripping hazards.
- Select outfits that are light in color and that stand out to motor vehicle drivers. To be the most visible in low light conditions, line portions or edges of an outfit with reflecting tape that illuminates in a car’s lights. Do the same with candy sacks and other carrying cases. You can buy this kind of tape at most sporting goods, hardware, or general retail shops.
- Make sure kids are wearing comfortable and solid shoes; heels or sandals can pose fall dangers.
- Properly fit any head or neckwear to ensure they do not obstruct vision or breathing.
- Always use flashlights when trick or treating.
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