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Halloween Safety Tips!

Halloween Safety Tips!

Trick-or-Treaters

  • Walk, never run
  • Shoes should fit (even if they don't go with your costume)
  • Stay on sidewalks
  • (If no sidewalk) walk on the left side of the road, and always facing traffic.
  • Carry a flashlight
  • Obey traffic signals
  • Don't stray to unfamiliar neighborhoods.
  • Be polite and don't walk through yards or driveways.
  • Wear a watch that is able to be read in the dark.
  • Costumes should not drag on the ground.
  • Remove masks while walking between houses.
  • Only carry flexible props, nothing sharp.
  • Wear reflective markings on your clothes.
  • Only go to houses whose lights are on.
  • Don't go near unfamliar animals.


Parents

  • Have your child eat dinner before going trick-or-treating.
  • Young children should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Make sure your children wear a watch if they go out alone, and that they know what time they should be home.
  • If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.
  • Always know where they will be going.
  • Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.
  • Carefully go over any candy and make sure you discard anything that looks suspicious.


Homeowners

  • Clear your yard of items that can trip or injure children.
  • Keep all pets indoors.
  • Rather than using real candles, use battery powered jack-o-lanterns.
  • If candles are used, make sure your jack-o-lanterns are well away from the area where trick or treaters will be walking.
  • Make sure any yard decorations are not in danger of being too close to candles.
  • Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later.
  • Non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins.


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