Calendar of observances


Halloween Safety Month

  1. Avoid costumes that block vision – Masks can obstruct a child's vision. If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.
  2. Use make-up safely – If you decide to disguise your child with makeup instead of a mask, use hypo-allergenic options and keep all makeup away from the eyes. Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation.
  3. Don't allow sharp objects to be used as props – Sharp, pointed props can endanger your child's eyes as well as the eyes of other children.
  4. Follow guidelines for wearing decorative contact lenses – Never buy cosmetic contact lenses without a prescription from an eye care professional. If not used safely, contact lenses can lead to vision loss.
  5. Carry a flashlight – Flashlights will help children see better and be seen more clearly.
  6. Make sure costumes are reflective – You want your child to be seen, especially crossing streets in the dark. Use reflective tape for increased visibility and choose brightly colored costumes.
  7. Increase visibility for your little visitors – Check outdoor lights, and replace burned-out bulbs.

For more safety tips, visit the following links:

Prevent Blindness – Halloween Safety Tips

Safe Kids Worldwide

National Safety Council

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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