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It's that time again when children enjoy dressing up and roaming
the neighborhoods, trick-or-treating in search of some of their favorite candy.
To keep your little goblins safe, just take a minute and read the following
Safety Tips for Halloween...! Have a great and safe time this Halloween season.
- Carry a bright flashlight to illuminate
sidewalks, steps and paths.
- Use fresh flashlight batteries. Check it
BEFORE you leave the house.
- Chemical GLOW in the DARK LIGHT STICKS can
be used along with flashlights.
- Stay on the Sidewalks. (If their is no sidewalk) walk on the left
side of the road.
- Walk SINGLE file, facing the traffic.
- Obey ALL local traffic signals.
- Cross only at corners, with adults.
- DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT wear and use rollerblades
to go out trick-or-treating.
- DO NOT assume you have the right of way.
- Because one car stops, doesn't mean others
- Trick-or-Treat only in familiar neighborhoods.
- DO NOT cut across strangers yards or driveways.
- Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
- Set the watch alarm if you have time limit
- Make sure your costumes don't drag on the
- Wear comfortable walking shoes, and they
should fit properly.
- Make sure your shoe laces are tighted tight.
You can trip...!!! Avoid wearing your mask while walking from
house to house. Carry only flexible knives, swords or other
- Avoid pointed props such as spears, or wands
that endanger other children's eyes.
- Wear clothing and costumes with reflective
tape or "Glow in the Dark" markings.
- A flashing In Sight At Night Safety Strobe
Light can also be attached to children AND adult costumes.
- Proper SAFETY knows
no age barrier...!
- Visit houses that have lights on, especially
houses with Halloween decorations.
- Always use the front door, NEVER go to the
back of a house.
- Make sure your child eats a good dinner
before going out Trick-or-Treating. They need proper energy tonight...!!!
- If you buy a costume, look for one made
of flame-retardant material.
- Make sure you work into your child's OR
adult Halloween costume, reflector strips, a FLASHING safety light or the
very popular GLOW LIGHT STICKS to make everyone more visible and much safer
at night. SAFETY FIRST tonight of all nights...!
- Teach your child how call 9-1-1 (or your
local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind them
that 9-1-1 can be dialed free at any payphone.
- Bring your child for a visit to your local
police or fire department.
- Children should carry several quarters so
they can call home.
- Let them borrow the FULLY CHARGED family
cell phone, with home number ready.
- Ideally, young children of any age should
be accompanied by an adult.
- If your children go on their own, be sure
they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark.
- Set their watch alarm if you have time limit
- DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT allow your children
to wear and use rollerblades to go out trick-or-treating.
- Avoid streets under construction. There
are holes and pits. Use common sense.
- Older children should know where to reach
you and when to be home.
- Older children should trick-or-treat in
- You should know WHERE they're going and
with WHO they are going with.
- Although product tampering is rare, tell
the children to bring ALL the candy home to be inspected BEFORE consuming
- Look at the wrapping carefully and toss
out anything that looks like tampering.
- If you child has an ALLERGY, VERY IMPORTANT
to look at the ingredients of the treats they bring home.
- Make sure your yard is clear of such things
as ladders, garden hoses, dog leashes and low flower pots. These objects can
trip the young trick-or-treater. Be sure the path and stairs to your front
door are well illuminated and clear of obstacles. Double check ALL the outside
- GLOW LIGHT STICKS or battery powered jack-o-lantern
light are preferable to real flame candles.
- If you do use candles, place the carved
jack-o-lantern well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
- Make sure that paper or cloth decorations
won't be blown into a flaming candle.
- NEVER leave any flaming candle unattended.
- BE PREPARED. Have a FULLY CHARGED fire extinguisher
handy, just in case...! BE PREPARED.
- Pass out healthy food alternatives for visiting
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
- Non-food treats: PEZ candy dispensers, small
note pads, pencils, pens, stickers, erasers, coins.
- Drive and go slow, slow, slow all evening.
- NO ONE should drive a vehicle while wearing
a Halloween mask of any type.
- CAUTION: Young trick-or-treaters may dart
out in front of you.
- Obey ALL traffic signals, both as a driver
and a pedestrian.
- Adult Halloween parties should have a designated
- If you drive a long distance, make arrangements
to stay over.