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Posted on: October 8, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Superintendent Losquadro Shares Halloween Safety Tips

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Coram, NY –  In preparation for Halloween, Brookhaven Town Highway Superintendent Daniel P. Losquadro is offering parents some tips, courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics, to help ensure children enjoy the holiday safely.

• Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
• Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
• Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. Make-up should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are not unpleasant surprises on the big day.
• When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
• If a sword, cane or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it it’s not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he or she stumbles or trips.
• Review with children how to call 911 if they ever have an emergency or become lost.

• Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers; then parents can do the cutting.
• Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
• Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and not on a porch or any path where visitors may pass close by. They should never be left unattended.

Daniel P. Losquadro * Highway Superintendent
1140 Old Town Road • Coram • NY 11727 • Phone (631) 451-9200 • Fax (631) 732-2584

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