Halloween is coming up soon and The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers these simple steps to help children have a fun and safe day:
1. Children shouldn’t snack while they’re out trick-or-treating. Urge children to wait until they get home and you have had a chance to inspect the contents of their “goody bags.”
2. To help prevent children from snacking, give them a light meal or snack before they head out – don’t send them out on an empty stomach.
3. Tell children not to accept – and especially not to eat – anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
4. Parents or guardians of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys.
5. Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
Have fun and be safe!