Beware these Halloween health hazards

Kids trick-or-treating on Halloween in Port Washington, New York, October 31, 2014.
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Choosing the perfect Halloween costume is a big deal for many kids, but there are certain things parents should keep in mind. The FDA recommends wearing bright, reflective costumes so children will be more visible to passing vehicles while trick-or-treating and making sure costumes aren’t too long to avoid tripping.

Make sure any store-bought costumes say “flame resistant” on the label, and if you make your own, choose fabrics that are flame resistant.

Avoid masks to prevent obscuring vision. Instead, opt for hats or face paint, but be sure to test any paint or makeup you plan to use in advance. To do so, dab a small amount on the arm of the person who will be wearing it. If a rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation develop, that’s a sign of a possible allergy.

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