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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a great time for children and parents alike. But, it is important to be safe. Before shopping for that last minute costume this weekend, take a look at these safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Pick costumes that are bright and reflective
  • Masks should not impede or block eye sight
  • Make sure wigs are flame resistant
  • When it comes to the pumpkins, have your children draw the faces and then you can do the cutting
  • Restrain pets so they do not jump or bit a trick-or-treater.

Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  • Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out 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!
  • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

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