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Halloween fun, safety tips from the NYPD

Adult supervision key to trick or treat

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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:20 am, Thu Oct 24, 2013.

The NYPD is offering the following Halloween tips to ensure that all children can have a safe and fun time while trick-or-treating:

An adult should always examine all Halloween treats before children eat them. Never eat open or unwrapped food or candy;

Halloween treats should be eaten only if they are packaged appropriately, wrapped in their original, unbroken packages;

Children should not be allowed to eat any loose candy, open bottles or containers, fresh fruit or baked goods;

Children should have adult supervision while trick-or-treating, even when traveling in large groups of friends;

Costumes should be flame-retardant and should allow children to walk freely and move their arms without tripping. Masks should not impede a child’s ability to see, hear or move;

Make sure that all face paint or makeup used on skin or costumes is non-toxic;

Extra care should be taken when crossing or walking on streets, especially after dark;

Children who go out trick-or-treating at night should carry flashlights and wear reflective or light-colored clothing;

Emergency information should be placed discreetly inside the clothing of small children in case of accidental separation;

Children should avoid wearing their names on their clothing or jewelry which would allow a stranger to call them by name and appear to know them;

Children should be cautioned to avoid strangers, as well as poorly-lit areas and the homes of people they do not know;

If after eating a treat there is evidence that it has been tampered with, has a strange taste, or if a child feels sick, call the New York City Health Department’s Poison Control Center at (212) POISONS (764-7667).

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