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Red Cross and IDPH offer Halloween safety tips

A photo of a ghost holding a flashlight with the message of make sure trick or treaters are visible by giving them a flashlight
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It's that time of year when ghost and goblins take to the streets for some Halloween fun.

Halloween continues to be extremely popular with kids of all ages, but, it can pose some safety challenges.

Both the Red Cross and the Illinois Department of Public Health say trick-or-treaters who are feeling ill should get tested and stay home if sick, to avoid sharing scary bugs.

Those giving out treats should wash their hands frequently.

Party hosts should include outdoor spaces if possible and review options for improving ventilation in their homes to keep germs from spreading.

The best protection from respiratory bugaboos like COVID-19, the flu and RSV is to get fully vaccinated.

Some additional tips include; making sure your costume is visible to others, have adults check all candy before kids eat it, wear makeup and hats rather than costume masks that can obscure vision, and in case of a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn't present.

Tell children not to accept, or eat anything that isn't commercially wrapped.

Brandon Jones is a student news contributor for WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org
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