MacDonald offers Halloween safety tips

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald is reminding Macomb County families of local trick-or-treating times and offering parents some Halloween safety tips.

Official or recommended trick-or-treating hours are 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 in Clinton Township, Macomb Township and Sterling Heights.

“Halloween is a fun and exciting way for children to dress up, use their imaginations and receive some sweet treats in return — and it all starts with being safe,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “For parents with children heading out this Halloween, there are a few simple tips that can help ensure that everyone has a great time.

“For starters, I encourage parents to tell their kids not to eat any of their candy until it has been thoroughly inspected by an adult. Consider serving kids a filling meal or giving them a small snack before heading out so they won’t be tempted to eat any treats before they are checked out.”

Here are the top five tips for Halloween safety from Safe Kids Worldwide:
• Carry glow sticks or flashlights, use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags, and wear light colors to help kids see and be seen by drivers.
• Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating.
• Slow down and be alert! Kids are excited on Halloween and may dart into the street. Turn on headlights early in the day to spot kids from further away.
• Remind kids to cross the street at corners or crosswalks.
• When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. Choose face paint over masks when possible. Masks can limit children’s vision.

“Another tip — one that is good for every day — is to remind children to use sidewalks when possible,” MacDonald said. “Also, look both ways before crossing the street, and never enter a stranger’s home or car.”

For more tips, parents can visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Halloween Safety page online, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Halloween Food Safety Tips for Parents, or www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips.

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