More tips on keeping Halloween danger-free

This story originally appeared in the Wednesday, October 25, 2006 edition of The Kansas City Star

A few tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission can protect children who plan to go trick-or-treating this Halloween.

Treats: Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.

Flame-resistant costumes: Make sure that costumes are labeled "Flame Resistant." Although the label does not mean that these items won’t catch fire, it does indicate that the items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly once removed from the ignition source. Try to avoid costumes made with flimsy material or having big, baggy sleeves that might easily come into contact with candles or other potential fire hazards.

Costume designs: Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists. For even greater visibility, decorate costumes and sacks with reflective tape.

Pedestrian safety: There will be increased vehicular traffic, so use extra caution when crossing streets. Children should always be accompanied by an adult or older, responsible child. Use sidewalks instead of walking in the street or through yards. Lawn furniture or low-strung clotheslines could present opportunities for injuries.

Choosing safe houses: Children should go only to homes where they know the residents and lights are on as a sign of welcome. Never enter a home unless the residents are well-known, trusted family friends.

For further information on product safety, visit the CPSC website at



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