Keeping your Ghouls and Goblins Safe on Halloween

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Keep your ghouls and goblins safe this Halloween with these tips from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Eat only commercially- wrapped treats.
    • Avoid homemade treats and any commercially wrapped treat that have a suspicious appearance, such as a pinhole in the wrapper or an unusual discoloration or smell
    • When in doubt about an item’s safety, throw it out.
  • Stay on the street.
    • Never enter a stranger’s home or car.
    • Make sure an adult is present while children are trick-or-treating.
  • Trick or treat in smaller groups.
    • Staying in your family’s bubble and washing hands before consuming candy lessens the risk of contracting COVID-19.
  • Brighten the night.
    • Glow sticks or flashlights to be more visible to drivers.
    • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.
  • Make sure accessories are age-appropriate.
    • Magic wands and swords can be unsafe in the wrong hands.
  • Steer clear of fire.
    • Wear flame-resistant costumes.
    • Keep candles and jack-o-lanterns away from the path of trick-or-treaters.
    • Consider using battery-operated candles or glow sticks for decorations.
  • Look out for lenses.
    • Decorative contact lenses can cause infections.
    • Only buy them from a company that sells FDA-cleared or approved contact lenses and requires you to provide a prescription.
  • Stay street safe.
    • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up while walking across the street.
    • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
    • Use crosswalks.
    • According to the CDC, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
  • Use extra caution.
    • Drive slowly and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods, looking out for children who may not be looking for you.
    • Pay attention when backing out of driveways.
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