Halloween Safety Tips
-Carry a flashlight Walk, don't run.
-Stay on Sidewalks Obey traffic signals
-Stay in familiar neighborhoods
-Don't cut across yards or driveways.
-Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
-Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground.
-Shoes should fit (even if they don't go with your costume)
-Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
-Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props.
-(If no sidewalk) walk on the left side of the road facing traffic
-Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
-Approach only houses that are lit.
-Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know.
-Make your child eat dinner before setting out.
-Children should carry quarters so they can call home.
-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.
- If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.
-Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home.
-You should know where they're going.
-Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.
- Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.
-Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones.
-Pets get frightened on Halloween.
-Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently bitting a trick-or-treater.
-Battery powered jack o'lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.
- If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
-Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won't be blown into a flaming candle.
-Healthy food alternatives for 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 later.
-Non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins.