Treat Yourself to a Safe, Happy Halloween
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 28, 2022 Treat Yourself to a Safe, Happy Halloween Follow Safety Tips From DPH ATLANTA - As the spooky season kicks into high gear this weekend, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) recommends the following tips to help ensure everyone has a safe, fun time while making the rounds at fall festivals, trunk-or-treats, parties, and the traditional door-to-door hunt for goodies. Costumes
- 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, sores, 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 or glow stick to see and be seen.
- Never walk near lit candles, luminaries or pumpkins.
- Avoid distractions from electronic devices.
- Only trick-or-treat at homes where the parents know who lives there.
- Visit homes that have outdoor lights as a sign of welcome.
- Remove potential obstacles for trick-or-treaters from your own lawn, walkway, porch, and steps.
- Eat only factory-wrapped treats. If you have any doubt about the safety of a treat, throw it out.
- Examine treats for choking hazards before allowing them to be eaten.
- Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as individual packs of raisins, trail mix, or pretzels.
- For party guests, offer fruits, vegetables, and cheeses, and avoid sugary beverages.
- Drink more water and brush and floss after eating sugary treats to control the formation of bacteria that can cause tooth decay and plaque.
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