How to make sure your kids stay safe on Halloween

Posted at 12:40 PM, Oct 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-21 14:40:37-04

COLORADO – Halloween is just around the corner and News 5 is watching out for you with tips from health experts on how to make sure your kids stay safe during the holiday.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says parents should make sure costumes are bright and reflective. They should also be short enough to prevent tripping.

Because masks may limit eyesight, experts suggest using non-toxic makeup or decorative hats instead. Parents are also advised to steer clear of decorative contact lenses because they can cause eye damage.

If you plan on carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns for the holiday, experts say kids should not do any of the carving. Youngsters rather should stick to pumpkin carving kits, as they are much safer than kitchen knives.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say Halloween is the fourth busiest holiday when it comes to hand injuries, and nearly a third are among kids ages 10 to 14.