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“Lucky 13” tips for Halloween

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Halloween is in the air. I’m seeing bats, vampires, ghouls, and other night creatures lurking around my Burbank neighborhood. Adults as well as kids are gearing up for the haunting night of October 31. While you’re preparing to get your “spook on” the Food and Drug Administration has a few guidelines to keep in mind.

Today the FDA released its “Lucky 13” tips for a safe and fun Halloween. The agency warns the wrong choices could haunt you long after all that trick-or-treat candy has been eaten or given away. One of the big concerns is decorative contact lenses that give the wearer “cat like eyes” or make the eyes appear to glow in the dark, or change eye color.

“What troubles us is when they are bought and used without a valid prescription, without the involvement of a qualified eye care professional, or without appropriate follow-up care. This can lead to significant risks of eye injuries, including blindness,” according to FDA eye expert, Dr. Bernard Lepri.

Some of the other tips include, make sure costumes are fire-retardant, and it’s best to wear makeup and hats rather than mask, which can obscure your vision. For the full list of “Lucky 13” safety tips go to the FDA website. Also, these guidelines have the approval of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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