Keeping Your Halloween Candy Safe

In just two short days the streets will be filled with happy trick-or-treaters decked out in their best costumes. Unfortunately every year you see the headlines of people dangerously tampering with Halloween Candy, so this week’s blog has some simple steps to follow to make sure your Halloween treats are safe this year.

Feed them before: If they have a light meal before they go out trick-or-treating they will be less likely to snack on the candy while they’re out. This way you can ensure you have time to check their candy when they get home before they eat any of it!

Tell them to be aware: Make sure your children are conscientious of the candy people are giving them. Urge them not to accept anything that isn’t commercially wrapped, or any candies that have signs of tampering, discoloration, or tears in wrappers. Also, if they have any food allergies, make sure they know which candies contain the allergen so they don’t accidentally consume it and have an allergic reaction. To be safe, throw anything suspicious away!

Filter through everything: When they get home from trick-or-treating give them a couple of pieces that are clearly safe, and then spread the rest out to visually inspect. If you have small children make sure you filter through their candy to remove any chocking hazards such as hard candy, toys, and gum balls. Better to be safe than sorry!

Avoid games: Many times people like to have Halloween games for their trick-or-treaters. Be weary of these games, as they are touched by mass amounts of people so they could carry bacteria and other food-borne illnesses.

We hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween! As always, if you have any questions about safety, feel free to call the Your Kid’s Urgent Care office closest to you!