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Halloween safety tips before buying costumes

Officials at the CDC say children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night, compared to any other night of the year.  Right now is the time while kids may be thinking about what they want to be for Halloween for parents to plan for costumes that will be safe.

Here are the guidelines from the Consumer Product Safety Commission when purchasing or making a costume.

  • Materials should be flame retardant:  The fabric, along with masks, beards, and wigs, should all be flame resistant.
  • Avoid baggy costumes:  Avoid costumes with flimsy materials, baggy sleeves, or billowing skirts. That might brush up against candles.  Make sure they're short enough that kids won't trip in the dark.
  • Wear bright costumes or add reflective tape:  Choose costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.  If they're not, trim them with reflective tape that will glow in the dark.
  • Well fitting shoes and carry flashlights:  Instead of clown shoes or princess high heels, kids should wear well fitting shoes, and plan now for each child to carry a working flashlight.

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