The following Halloween safety tips are provided by U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

•Wear costumes that are flame resistant. Homemade costumes should be made of flame-resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon

•Avoid tripping and falling by ensuring costumes are not too long

•Wear makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure your vision

•Don’t wear decorative colored contact lenses unless you have seen an eye care professional for a proper fitting and been given instructions for how to use the lenses

•Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home

•In case of a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present

•Tell children not to accept or eat anything that isn’t commercially wrapped

•Walk on a sidewalk if one is available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic, as far to the side as safely possible so you can move quickly out of the road if you feel threatened by traffic. Drivers do not expect to see pedestrians in the roadway or to come out from between parked cars or behind shrubbery. Expect that drivers will not see you and wait for them to pass.

•Follow the rules of the road at driveways and intersections. Cross with a traffic signal if there is one and even if you have the right of way, make sure traffic has stopped or passed before you step into the street. This will be easier to do if electronic devices do not distract you from picking up visual and auditory information about traffic.

•Make yourself as visible to motorists as possible, especially at night and in low light by carrying a flashlight, wearing a small flashing strobe light, and wearing reflective clothing. Bright colored clothing is not enough. Drivers need time to detect, identify, and react to an object they see in the road. The sooner they see you, the sooner they can react. Reflective materials on the parts of your body that move, such as feet, legs, and arms, can be seen at greater distances by drivers in the dark. Carry your flashlight on the side closest to traffic.

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