Halloween safety tips
Halloween doesn’t have to be scary, as long as parents and kids know how to stay safe.
Here are some tips for trick-or-treating or having a party:
“ Eat dinner before trick-or-treating to avoid temptation to eat the candy while collecting it.
“ Wait until you get home so your parents can check the candy before you eat it.
“ Save only factory-wrapped treats. Throw anything away that is not wrapped, including fruit, homemade candy or baked goods.
“ Never eat candy that has an open or ripped wrapper.
While you’re out
“ Wear costumes that are easy to walk in, see in and be seen in.
“ Add reflective tape to be better seen in the dark.
“ Use makeup instead of a mask so you can see well.
“ Choose comfortable shoes for walking.
“ Make sure swords, knives and other costume accessories are made of soft, flexible material.
“ Wear a flame-retardant costume.
“ Don’t play near lit jack-o’-lanterns.
“ Trick-or-treat in early evening hours.
“ Pick well-lighted streets.
“ Walk on sidewalks, driveways or facing oncoming traffic in areas without sidewalks. Don’t cut across lawns.
“ Cross streets at corners or in a crosswalk.
“ Carry a flashlight.
“ Trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood and visit the homes of people you know.
“ Never trick-or-treat alone. Have at least two buddies go with you if you’re a preteen. An adult should supervise younger children.
“ Plan your entire route and make sure your family knows what it is.
“ Take a cellular phone if possible.
“ Visit houses only where the lights are on.
“ Be very cautious of strangers.
“ Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside a house.
“ Pin a slip of paper with your young child’s name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case he or she is separated from the group.
“ Look out for choking hazards for small children. Remove gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys from the treat bag before you allow your youngster to have the treats.
“ Save homemade treats for parties. For safety, give factory-wrapped candy to trick-or-treaters.
“ Know your teen’s Halloween plans or offer to supervise a party at your house. While pranks have become a part of the holiday, emphasize that some can damage property or hurt people.
“ Drive slowly through neighborhoods when you’re out and be wary of children in the streets.
“ Clear your yard of hazards. Light the area well.
“ Keep pets in a separate room, not in the back yard, so they won’t be frightened by strangers in costume at the front door.
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