The ACCC have issued a safety warning to parents ahead of Halloween celebrations coming up very soon.
The ACCC reminds us all that these days Halloween treats are more likely to be in the form of small toys, lollies or novelty items. It is very important for parents to carefully examine items received by trick-or-treaters under three years of age for choking hazards.
The ACCC’s free do-it-yourself Choke Check tool is an easy way to help you identify toys and other objects that can pose choking or ingestion hazards to young children.
You can download a simple choke check guide from the ACCC website here.
The ACCC also reminds parents before you buy costumes this Halloween check that wigs, capes and loose fitting garments will not pose fire hazards.
Another very important reminder is to keep in mind that flameless candles might be a safer option to give your jack-o-lantern a wicked smile this Halloween but make sure little fingers can’t get hold of those nasty button batteries.
Also be aware of kids around naked flames if you have your pumpkin within reach of little people.
The ACCC have also issued a warning over cheap face paints which may contain lead.
“If children are using products that are applied to their skin such as make-up, face and body paints, or toys that are handled a lot and may leave residues (such as play dough and ‘goo’), ensure you wash them thoroughly from their skin immediately after use.
Get immediate medical attention if children become sick after playing with finger paints, as they may have ingested lead from the paint.
Call an ambulance if children become sick after placing objects in their mouths as they may have ingested lead.”
Have fun this Halloween, but please remember to keep safe. It is a good idea to set some guidelines for your children if they plan to go trick or treating. Safe areas to visit that you can all agree on and where to go if they are feeling scared.
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