Every Halloween, parents go through the same scenario–is my children’s candy safe, where did it come from and how can we be sure? At Mike’s Auto Body, we are happy to provide useful information about Halloween safety every year and this time around we’re focusing on candy.
On Halloween, the first thing to do is wait until your children are home to sort through them and check their treats. Tell them not to eat any of their candy until they get home. I know this is not an easy thing to do, but it’s essential, so please emphasize the fact and stress it with your kids.
Though tampering with candy is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any of the following candies that have:
- An unusual appearance or discoloration
- Tiny pinholes or tears in wrappers
- Spoiled or unwrapped items
- Homemade items or baked goods should be discarded unless you personally know who gave them.
- When in doubt, throw it out
- Tell children not to accept — and, especially, not to eat–anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
- Parents of young children should also remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies and small toys.
- Try to portion out the treats for the days following Halloween.
- Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking such as hard candies), are given only to those of an appropriate age.
If you have any questions about possible tainted candy, you can contact the American Association of Poison Control Centers at (800) 222-1222.
Have a fun and safe Halloween from all of us at Mike’s Auto Body!
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