Halloween Safety Tips

Published 5:00 am Friday, October 26, 2007

* Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure shoesfit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping.

* Consider adding reflective tape and striping to costumes andtrick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.

* Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number)discretely within the costume or on a bracelet.

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* Because a mask can block eyesight, consider non-toxic,hypoallergenic makeup or a decorative hat as a safealternative.

* Make certain toy knives, swords, and guns are flexible enoughto prevent injury.

* Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children andescorts.

* Remind your children of the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” principlein case their clothing catches on fire.

* Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porchand walk way. Look for low tree limbs, support wires, and gardenhoses that might be dangerous to children running through theyard.

* A parent or responsible adult should accompany allchildren.

* Trick-or-Treat in a group.

* Remain on well-lit streets and stick to the sidewalks.

* Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.

* Never eat unwrapped food items or open beverages that havebeen offered.

* No treats should be eaten until they have been thoroughlychecked by an adult.

* Law enforcement should be notified immediately of anysuspicious or unlawful activity.