Tips To Keep Your Ghouls And Goblins Safe On Halloween Community

LINCOLN, Neb. – Help your little ghouls and goblins safely pick up treats this Halloween with advice from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

• Eat only store-bought treats. Avoid homemade treats and any store-bought treats that look suspicious, such as a pinhole in the wrapper or unusual discoloration or odor. If in doubt about the safety of an item, throw it out.

• Stay on the street. Never enter a stranger’s house or car, and make sure an adult is present when young children are making treats.

• Trick or Treat in small groups. Staying in the family bubble and washing your hands before consuming candy decreases the risk of contracting COVID-19.

• Light up the night – Carry glow sticks or flashlights to be more visible to drivers. Decorate the costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.

• Make sure the accessories are age-appropriate. Magic wands and swords can be dangerous in the wrong hands.

• Stay away from fire – Wear flame retardant suits. Keep candles and pumpkin lanterns out of the way of trick-or-treaters. Consider using battery operated candles or glow sticks for decorations.

• Watch out for lenses – Decorative contact lenses can cause infections. Buy them only from a company that sells FDA approved or approved contact lenses and requires you to provide a prescription.

• Stay safe on the street – Put down your electronic devices and keep your head up when crossing the street. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Use crosswalks whenever possible. According to the CDC, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

• Use extra caution – Drive slowly and take extra care in residential areas, watching out for children who may not be looking for you. Be careful when you come out of the aisles.

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