Halloween Safety Tips for your Family from Senator Flanagan


    For many families in our community, Halloween is a day for children to enjoy time with their friends and to go trick-or-treating. But that fun needs to be balanced with some safety measures to ensure that our little ghosts and goblins are able to safely enjoy the day.

    To help you keep the children in your life safe this Halloween, I wanted to share some common-sense tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

    Alphabet letter S Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
    Alphabet letter A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
    Alphabet letter F Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
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    Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.


    Alphabet letter H Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.
    Alphabet letter A Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
    Alphabet letter L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
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    Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

    Alphabet letter O Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
    Alphabet letter W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
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    Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

    Alphabet letter E Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
    Alphabet letter N Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.


    For additional Halloween Safety tips, please use the following links:

    American Academy of Pediatricians Halloween Safety Tips

    Centers for Disease Control Halloween Section

    New York State Police Halloween Safety Page

    New York State Police Halloween Safety Brochure