Experts offer ‘lucky 13’ tips for safe and healthy Halloween

By Mary Elizabeth Dallas

Safe Trick or TreatingFrom decorative contact lenses to face paint, experts warn that Halloween costumes may result in a wide array of potentially serious health issues from falls to allergic reactions.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and theU.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission provided the following “lucky 13” guidelines on how kids and their parents can enjoy a fun and safe Halloween:

• Choose flame-resistant costumes. Store-bought costumes should read “flame-resistant” on the label. Homemade costumes should be made out of flame-resistant fabrics, like polyester or nylon.

• Glow in the dark. Wear bright colors or costumes with reflectors to ensure being visible in the dark. Also, to avoid tripping, make sure costumes aren’t too long.

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