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Tips for a safe Halloween

Halloween is a great time of year for children. But before your kids head out to trick-or-treat here are some safety tips to help keep your ghosts and goblins safe.

Halloween safety tips for all:

  • Young children should always walk with a trusted adult, especially after dark.
  • Cross at crosswalks, use sidewalks and use extra care when crossing streets.
  • Never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Wear something bright to be sure you can be seen at night (reflective tape, flashlight, glowsticks, etc.).
  • Avoid costumes with tripping hazards and sharp objects such as sticks, canes or swords.
  • Check treats for sealed packaging and remove any treats that may be choking hazards.

Tips for older kids who go out on their own:

  • Know their planned route and when they'll be home.
  • Carry a cellphone.
  • Go in a group and stay together.
  • Only go to houses with porch lights on.

Visiting trick-or-treaters

You can also make sure trick-or-treaters are safe when visiting your home.

  • Remove anything that could cause them to trip or fall on your walkway or lawn.
  • Make sure the lights are on outside your house and light the walkway to your door.
  • Keep family pets away from trick-or-treaters, even if they seem harmless to you.

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