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Tips to keep your kids safe this Halloween

Tips to keep your kids safe on Halloween
Published: Oct. 23, 2016 at 2:56 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 24, 2016 at 4:17 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's that time of year when little ghosts and goblins are out. When picking out a Halloween costume for your children, you're probably thinking about a lot of different things. Maybe their favorite super hero or princess. But, what you might forget to check is the label. Many of them say "keep away from flames."

It's a warning to take seriously. Since 1980, there have been dozens of cases in which children suffered severe burns involving Halloween costumes. One child even died from her injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

How fast can a costume go up in flames? Children's Hospital decided to test it. The results were shocking.

"I knew it was going to go fast, I just didn't know it was going to go that fast," said Erika Janes, R.N., child safety advocate for the Children's Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy. "And there was no warning label on this costume."

To keep this from happening to your child, Janes offered the following advice:

  • Keep your kids away from any source of flame (candles, jack-o-lanterns, etc.)
  • Look for costumes that are flame retardant or flame resistant.
  • Use battery-powered candles instead of the real deal.
  • Remind your children how to stop, drop, and roll before trick-or-treating.

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Janes also recommends decorating costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child's vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.

Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

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