Advice from Leslie Dredge-Murphy, Health Coach at the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic.

Everyone remembers the excitement of dressing up and Trick or Treating for Halloween. Your kids can have as much fun as you did – especially if you follow a few safety tips. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends:

Treats: Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.

Flame resistant costumes: When purchasing costumes, masks, beards, and wigs, look for the label Flame Resistant. It doesn’t mean these things won’t catch fire, but it does indicate the items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.

Costume designs: Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists. Children should also carry flashlights.

Pedestrian safety: Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child. Remind them to use sidewalks rather than walk in the street. Also caution them against running out from between parked cars.

Choosing safe houses: Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.