CDC: Halloween Safety Tips

Walk in groups, avoid homemade treats are among some of the tips. Plus, the Halloween Carnival at Hermosa Valley School is coming up.

With Hallow's Eve just two weeks away, health officials are reminding parents and trick-or-treaters to stay safe on the spooky night.

In Hermosa Beach, "traditionally, no major accidents have occurred on Halloween," Hermosa police Lt. Garth Gaines . But it's still recommended for families to be mindful of safety.

Here is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest parents keep in mind this Halloween:

  • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.    
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street, and use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
  • Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.
  • Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Otherwise, stay outside.
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

— Tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Editor's Note: Don't forget that the annual Halloween Carnival at Hermosa Valley School takes place on Oct. 28 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. for local families. Tickets are on sale at both Hermosa View and Valley schools (see accompanying announcement under photo.)


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