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Top costume safety mistakes parents make on Halloween

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Safety officials are asking parents to put safety first this Halloween.

EMSA authorities have a few suggestions to help keep your little ones safe in their costumes this year.

1. Make sure it fits – Don’t put you child in a costume that is too big for them. Costumes that are too long can be a tripping hazard. They can also be dangerous around open flames.

2. Costumes should be flame-resistant – Parents should check tags to ensure the materials are not flammable. Candles and decorative flames are popular during the holiday and can present a significant risk.

3. Wear reflective materials – Make sure children are easily visible at night with reflective materials. You can find them at local hardware stores.

4. Safe footwear is important – Well-fitting and sturdy shoes will help little trick-or-treaters get safely from one house to the next without trips, falls and candy spills.

5. Make up, not masks – Use make up instead of masks. The face coverings can cover their eyes.

6. Padded and puffy props, please - Foam swords, knives and other weapons or accessories make Halloween safe and fun.