Experts Offer Tips On How To Stay Safe For Halloween


Friday, October 30th 2020, 2:25 pm
By: Kelsey Kernstine


OKLAHOMA CITY -

There's something new parents need to protect their kids from this Halloween.

OU Health’s Laura Gamino said wearing a mask this year is vital to your child’s safety.

"Get a fun Halloween mask or put stickers on a regular one,” Gamino said.

The CDC recommends the masks should be made of cloth, but also make sure your child does not have trouble breathing. The CDC said masks should not be worn by children under two years old.

Gamino recommends any Halloween gatherings should be small, socially distanced and outdoors for the best prevention.

"Everyone has the few people that they're around and you really need to limit it for the highest safety,” Gamino said.

If you are passing out candy, there are several ways to do it safely this year.

"Some people are set out their treats and having the children come out,” Gamino said. “Others are using PVC piping. At least six and putting treats through there."

Other ideas include individually wrapping candy bags but make sure to wash your hands before and after trick-or-treating.

Gamino also recommends making sure your children wear reflective gear so cars can see them.

She urges drivers to slow down on the road, pointing out that the rate of children killed by a vehicle rises on Halloween.