FDOH and FDLE encourage Floridians to stay safe this Halloween

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Tallahassee, Florida— The Florida Department of Health (DOH) and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) have partnered to provide Halloween guidance that encourages Floridians to make the right decisions about their health and safety while enjoying Halloween.

Candy and candy safety

Always keep an eye on what your child has in their mouth during the trick or treatment.

  • Eat only factory-packaged treatsand never eat anything homemade from strangers.
  • Examine all the candies for choking and burglary hazards. Illicit drug producers may target children with candy-colored pills, so parents should carefully check Halloween candies for unwrapped items and suspicious packaging.
  • Stay vigilant with products containing THC, CBD or other cannabis-related products that may resemble gummies or chocolate. Although some of these products can be legally purchased by adults and should be properly labelled, they could be mistakenly consumed by children if not properly secured.
  • Remember: when in doubt, throw it out!

Costume Safety

  • Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye exam and prescription from an eye care professional. While decorative lens packaging will often make statements such as “unique size,” Where “no need to see an ophthalmologist”, Obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, serious eye damage and infection, which can lead to permanent vision loss.
  • Plan shiny and reflective costumes. Consider adding reflective tape or strips to costumes and candy bags for better visibility.
  • Make sure the shoes fit you well, and that the suits are short enough to avoid tripping, becoming entangled or coming into contact with a heat source.
  • Consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives to masks. Makeup should be tested in advance on a small area of ​​your child’s skin to make sure there are no allergic reactions.
  • Avoid sharp or long swords, canes, or staves as a costume accessory. Your child can easily be injured by these accessories if they trip or trip.

Neighborhood Safety

  • Report suspicious activity to local law enforcement.
  • Group trick-or-treatingif possible, or attend organized public events.
  • Never let young children visit a door without a trusted adult and teach children never to approach strangers’ vehicles.
  • Children under 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If children are mature enough to go out unsupervised, they should stay in well-lit, familiar areas.
  • Only approach well-lit houses where the porch or outside lights are on.
  • Watch vehicles. Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • Avoid shortcuts in backyards, alleys or parks.

Home Security Trick-or-Treat

If you plan to stay home this year and hand out treats to neighborhood kids:

  • Eliminate tripping hazards to keep your home safe for cheaters. Keep the porch and front yard clear of anything that a child might trip over, such as garden hoses, toys, bicycles, and lawn ornaments.
  • Check exterior lights and replace bulbs that no longer work.
  • Sweep wet leaves from sidewalks and steps to prevent anyone from slipping and falling.
  • Keep pets restrained so they don’t jump or bite a trick-or-treaster.

Alternative diets

For those who can’t make treats, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy on vacation:

  • Carve or decorate pumpkins with family members and display them. Kids can draw a face with markers and parents can do the cutting. Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you are using a candle, a votive candle is the safest. Do not place candle-lit pumpkins on a porch or on a path where visitors might pass by.
  • Do a Halloween Scavenger Hunt where kids are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for as they stroll outside from house to house admiring Halloween decorations.

Additional resources for a safe and healthy Halloween are available from the American Academy of Pediatrics, National Safety Council, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, strives to protect, promote, and improve the health of all Florida residents through integrated state, county, and from the community.

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