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October 30, 2017

Halloween Safety Tips

Looking for ways to make sure your halloween is safe? Below are some helpful tips to keep everyone in the family free from danger this Halloween, including your pets.

Halloween Health and Safety Tips from the CDC

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

See more at: http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/

 

Halloween Safety Tips from SafeKids Worldwide

  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

See more at: http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips

 

Keep your cats and dogs safe this Halloween.

Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents – from the ASPCA

  • No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy.
  • Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.
  • Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
  • A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire.
  • Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!).
  • If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe.
  • Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on.
  • All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours.
  • When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside.
  • IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification.

See more at: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/halloween-safety-tips

Related – Visit Bryan Animal Center

 

Related – Crime Prevention and Safety Tips from the Bryan Police Department

 
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