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updated: 10/22/2012 2:01 PM

Make sure there are no tricks in Halloween treats

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David Hass

DUPAGE COUNTY--Halloween is just over a week away, and DuPage County Health Department wants to offer some safety tips to help families and kids have a safe trick-or-treating season.

Parents should warn their children not to eat any of their treats before the parents have inspected all candy to ensure that it is safely sealed and no one has tampered with it. Parents should be especially careful with fruit. Wash fruit and cut it open before allowing a child to eat it.

Parents should also examine any toy or novelty items received by children in place of candy. Do not allow young children to have any toys or novelty items which are small enough to present a choking hazard or which have small parts or components that could separate and become choking hazards.

The following treats should be discarded:

• All unwrapped or partially unwrapped treats

• Any food that looks homemade

• Any treats that appear to be stale or spoiled

• Packages that have puncture holes

Contact your local police department if you suspect tampering with any candy.

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