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Halloween candy: Bite into these safety tips

Published On: Sep 20 2011 04:03:16 PM CDT
Updated On: Dec 16 2010 12:30:01 PM CST
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Stay safe on Halloween by following these tips:

  • Tell children to watch the candy being dropped in their bag and to try to remember who gave them what. Or children can take the candy themselves, helping them to better remember who gave them a certain treat.

  • Avoid giving choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys as treats to young children.

  • One Michigan woman is putting address labels on candy so that parents know which neighbor the candy came from.

  • Children shouldn't snack while they're trick-or-treating. Parents should check treats at home. Give children an early meal before they head out to discourage snacking.

  • Watch for signs of tampering, such as small pinholes in wrappers and torn or loose packages.

  • Inspect all candy for safety before children eat it.

  • Accept and give out candy that isn't easily unwrapped. Candies such as Tootsie Rolls, hard candies and certain bubble gums with twist-type wrappings can be tampered with more easily than those that are sealed.

  • When in doubt, throw it out.