Halloween Safety Tips

Pre- Halloween
1. Choose costumes that are bright and reflective, and are made from flame-resistant materials.
2. Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, falling, and getting caught on things. Wear well-fitting masks to avoid blocked vision.
3. Make sure costume accessories are safe and not sharp. Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
4. Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
5. Always test make-up in a small area first and remove it before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation. Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
6. Make sure all children carry a flashlight with fresh batteries.

Trick-or-Treating
1. A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children.
2. Hold a flashlight with fresh batteries while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
3. Look both ways before crossing the street. Cross in groups and use established crosswalks where possible.
4. Use sidewalks and don’t cut across yards, driveways, or alleys. If no sidewalks are available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
5. Never enter a home or car for a treat, unless accompanied by a trusted adult.
6. Never walk near lit candles or luminaries.
7. Only trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods at homes that have their porch lights on.
8. Remain on well-lit streets.
9. Walk, don’t run.
10. Don’t assume the right of way. Drivers may have trouble seeing you.
11. Stay away from and don’t pet unfamiliar animals.
12. Examine all treats before eating them for choking hazards and tampering. Throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
13. Eat only commercially-wrapped treats. Avoid eating home-made treats unless you know the chef well.
14. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

Trick-or-Treating for Older Children
1. If older children are going alone, plan and review an acceptable route and agree on a specific time when they should be home.
2. Stay in a group and communicate where you are going.
3. Carry a cellphone for quick communication.

Homeowners
1. Make sure yards and front porches are clear of anything a child might trip on such as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots.
2. Put pets away so they don’t inadvertently scare, jump on or bite trick-or-treaters.
3. Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.

Drivers
1. Slow down and stay attentive when going through neighborhoods or busy areas.
2. Watch out for excited children running across the street.

Other
1. Immediately notify law enforcement of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

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