A few safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission can protect children who plan to go trick-or-treating this Halloween. Costume Designs: Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.

  1. For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car's headlights. Bags or sacks should also be light colored or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware, bicycle, and sporting goods stores.
  2. To easily see and be seen, children should also carry flashlights.
  3. Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling.
  4. Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes . Mother' s high heels are not a good idea for safe walking.
  5. Hats and scarfs should be tied securely to prevent them from slipping over children's eyes.
  6. Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have a child wear a loose-fitting mask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision. If a mask is used, however, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.
  7. Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material.
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