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Have A Happy, And SAFE, Halloween!

 

Halloween is a great holiday for kids to have a grand time!  Unfortunately it's also a time when children can be placed in unsafe surroundings or situations.  To make sure this upcoming Halloween is not only fun, but safe, here are a few tips and suggestions:

 

*Small children ALWAYS should be accompanied by an adult.  And the adult should be carrying a flashlight.

 

*Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup or face paint and decorative hats as safer alternatives.  When shopping for costumes look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant. 

 

*Plan costumes that are bright and reflective.  Make sure any costume shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping or entanglement. 

 

*Small children should never carve pumpkins!  Let them draw a face on the pumpkin with markers; then the parents can do the cutting.

 

*If older children are going trick or treating without adult supervision, plan and review a route that is acceptable to you.  Agree on a specific time when they should be home.

 

*Only go to homes with a porch light on and NEVER enter a home or car for a treat.

 

*Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk; don't cut across yards or use alleys.

 

*Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks.  Never cross between parked cars or out of driveways. 

 

*Don't assume the right of way!  Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters; just because one car stops doesn't mean others will!

 

*In addition to a flashlight the accompanying adult should also have a cell phone.  Older children without adult supervision should also be carrying a cell phone. 

 

*It's always best to visit neighborhoods where you know most of the people, or neighborhoods known to be safe and well-lit.  Halloween is not the time of year to explore an unknown part of town!

 

*Wait until the kids are home to sort out and inspect Halloween treats.  Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped, or suspicious items.

 

And above all, have fun! 

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