Consumer Column

Halloween Safety Tips Offered by AG Jeff Landry

BATON ROUGE, LA – Trick or treating should be fun for everyone, but Halloween injuries can be a real scare. Attorney General Jeff Landry reminds families to observe a few simple safeguards to ensure your monsters, goblins, and super-heroes remain safe this Halloween.

“It is a scary fact, but children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween night than at any other time of the year,” said General Landry. “It is imperative that parents and guardians be extra vigilant and take the appropriate precautions to make certain your child remains out of harm’s way.”

To help make Halloween festivities a trick-free treat, General Landry offers the following safety tips: 

 

•             Avoid trick-or-treating alone; walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

•             Only visit well-lit houses. Do not stop at dark houses.

•             Buy costumes and wigs labeled “flame resistant” and avoid baggy clothing near a flame.

•             Be cautious with face paint – much of it is not FDA-approved and could trigger allergic reactions.

•             Never use decorative contact lenses as they can result in severe eye infections.

•             Accessories such as swords or knives should be made of soft and flexible materials.

•             Carry a flashlight and fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

•             Walk safely by crossing the street at corners and using traffic signals and crosswalks.

•             Never accept rides from strangers.


General Landry also urges motorists to eliminate any distractions and keep their eyes on the road.

For more safety tips, call Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-351-4889 or visit www.AGJeffLandry.com.

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