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10 Tips for a Safe Halloween

1. Many parents purchase glow-in-the-dark jewelry and glow sticks to keep their children visible while trick-or-treating in the dark. Children may break open these glow sticks and get the liquid on their hands and in their mouths. The liquid can be mildly irritating to the skin or eyes but is not likely to cause harm if a small amount is ingested.

2. Tell children not to eat treats until they return home and all items have been inspected by an adult.

3. Limit the amount of candy ingested at one time. Too much candy can cause stomach discomfort, and sugars and other sweeteners can act as
laxatives when consumed in large amounts.

4. If your child brings home a brand of candy that you are unfamiliar with, throw it away. Some imported candies have high levels of lead that can be harmful.

5. Candy that is unwrapped should be discarded immediately.

6. Fruit treats should be washed and cut open before being eaten.

7. Homemade treats should be discarded unless you know and trust the individuals who prepared them.

8. Small pieces of candy are potential choking hazards for small children.

9. Torn, loose, or punctured wrapping may be a sign of tampering. If you suspect tampering, this should be reported to local police.

10. Commercially produced candy may sometimes have color variation, lumps, or powdered sugar residue – all normal effects of the manufacturing and shipping process. To see photos of candy with these normal effects, go to http://www.candyusa.com. This candy is generally safe to eat as long as the packaging does not show signs of tampering.

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