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Tips to keep kids safe on Halloween

Halloween is filled with fun for kids but the holiday also comes with risks. 

Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year, according to SafeKids.org. They can also be exposed to child predators, poisoning and other dangers.

To keep your children safe, be sure to discuss safety with them and follow these tips from the Anne Arundel County Health Department.

  • Do not allow children to go trick-or-treating if they are ill. If they had a fever, it should be gone for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • Those who are ill or who have an ill household member should not be giving out treats.
  • Children should not be allowed to reach into the candy bowl or bag; instead the candy should be given to them piece by piece.
  • Candy should be given out using a scoop or tongs, so the candy is not directly handled by anyone.
  • Only wrapped candy should be given out. Check candy for tampering before it is given to children. Do not let children eat unwrapped sweets. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
  • Consider handing out items that are not edible, such as stickers.
  • At parties, avoid games like bobbing for apples or other activities that might involve sharing items that have come into contact with other people’s mouths or noses.
  • Do not share Halloween masks, vampire fangs or other similar items. Remember, Halloween masks have holes around the mouth and nose so they won’t protect from germs like a surgical mask would.
  • When returning home with the treats, children should wash hands properly with soap and water before eating anything.
  • Bring alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you when trick or treating.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, as germs can spread that way.
  • Wearing decorative contact lenses can be risky and can cause serious damage to your eyes.

If you would like to take the kids to some community events, be sure to check out Local Trick or Treat Events For The Whole Family!

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