This Morning: Safety reminders for candy and kids


Halloween is here and it’s important to remember all the simple, yet extremely important, ways to stay safe and smart,  in all capacities,  from walking around, to giving candy, and making sure the treats collected, don’t play a trick on you later.

Dr. Stephanie Zguris with Sparrow’s pediatric division stopped in to 6 News This Morning to talk with Jorma Duran about ‘preparing for the night” for those handing out treatst.

Preparing for the night:

* Parents should double check that their outside lighting is working.

* Parents should remove any items that children could trip on (toys, lawn decorations).

* Halloween can be very difficult for children with allergies. Be sure to read all of the ingredients in the candy and remember many treats have the most common food allergens in them such as egg, nuts, soy, milk or wheat. If there are no ingredients on the package do not let your child try it.

* Consider non-candy purchases for giveaways such as crayons, coloring books, small stuffed animals, pencils, etc.

Since allergies can be a very real concern there is the “Teal Pumpkin Project” where people are encouraged to put allergy-free candies in a separate bowl. 

There are also some handy safety tips while dressing-up and getting ready to go out:

* When shopping for costumes, make sure all costumes and accessories are labelled clearly as flame resistant. 

* Plan all costumes to be bright and consider adding reflective tape for greater visibility.

* Because decorative hats and masks can sometimes limit eyesight, consider choosing non-toxic makeup (after testing on a small area of skin to ensure no reaction).

* If an accessory is an object (sword, cane, etc.) Check to be sure it’s not sharp as a child may inadvertently hurt themselves if they trip.

* A parent or responsible caregiver should accompany children at all times.

* Remain on well-lit streets 

* Stay on sidewalks, if possible. If no sidewalks, walk at the far edge of the road facing traffic.

* If you have older children who want to go with friends, make sure you know and approve of their exact route, they stay with their group, have flashlights with new batteries and warn them to not go to houses that have no porch lighting. Remind them of the importance of emergency calls (911) if needed.

* Never enter a home or a vehicle for a “treat.”

And the most important reminder of all? Have fun!

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