Be Mindful Of Your Children's Safety This Halloween

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Dressing up and going door-to-door at twilight is all a part of Halloween fun. The injury prevention team at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital offers the following tips to parents to ensure their children are safe…and seen, while trick-or-treating.

"Please use common sense when choosing a costume and setting the ground rules for safety," said Kathy Tanouye, R.N., and manager of trauma services at the hospital. "Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult."

The following top 10 tips should help keep Halloween safe:

1. If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.

2. Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground so children do not trip.

3. Be seen after dark! Children should wear clothing with reflective markings or tape and should carry a flashlight or glow stick.

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4. Do not allow children to wear masks that block their vision while walking from house to house.

5. Children should carry only soft flexible swords or other props and should never run with them.

6. Be sure that children use the sidewalk to avoid tripping or stumbling in grassy areas. Don't allow them to cut across yards or driveways.

7. Be sure your children cross the street only at the corner.

8. Only approach houses that are lit.

9. Make sure children know to avoid approaching or petting any animals they do not know.

10. Inspect all candy to make sure it is completely wrapped and appropriate for the age of the child. Children under five should not eat nuts, carrots, apples, marshmallows, popcorn, sticky/hard candy, gum balls or raisins.

"Drivers should also be extra cautious on Halloween night," said Tanouye. "Drive slowly and be aware of additional pedestrian traffic."

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