Keep you and your family safe this Halloween.

As you take your kids trick-or-treating this Halloween, keep these important safety tips in mind. By staying safe, you and your family are bound to have a fun, happy and healthy Halloween this year.

Encourage safe costumes
Make sure your children’s costumes are form-fitting enough to avoid tripping hazards. Masks should be adequately ventilated with room to see. Props such as axes or swords should be soft-tipped and flexible.

Avoid open flames
When you’re trick-or-treating or setting up your own home for visitors, avoid lighting candles and luminaries. Avoid a bonfire in areas where you are expecting guests. These scenarios are a recipe for disaster when it comes to kids in costumes walking around in the dark.

Toss homemade treats
Unless a treat has been made by a family member or close friend, it’s best to throw it away. It’s impossible to know what the ingredients are. Your best bet is to stick to fully wrapped store-bought treats.

Be street smart
When kids are trick-or-treating, it’s important to practice safety around traffic and streets. Make sure kids carry flashlights and understand that they need to stay out of the road and only cross with adult supervision. Always walk, and remember, the CDC recommends that you stick to crosswalks whenever possible.

Supervise teens
Older kids still want to celebrate on Halloween. Talk to your teen about drugs and alcohol and make sure that your teen is attending a supervised Halloween party. Discuss the dangers and liabilities of pranking and set ground rules when it comes to your teen's activities on and around Halloween.

North Hills Hospital is committed to promoting health and safety in the North Richland Hills community. Please visit our Health Library for more information about Halloween Safety. If you need a physician referral, please call 1-855-5NHILLS.