10 Tips For A Safe Halloween
1) Take a flashlight with fresh batteries.
A flashlight will help guide the way even if there are streetlights in your neighborhood. Glow sticks are also popular and come in lots of different glowing colors. Or add reflective tape to your child's costume, shoes or flashlight.
2) Accept treats at the doorway only.
Children should never go inside a house when trick-or-treating.
3) Do not to eat any of treats until each piece has been inspected.
Home-made items should be thrown out. Gum, peanuts or hard candy should not be given to children under five because they are a choking hazard.
4) Stay on sidewalks.
Walk on the sidewalks and stay out of the street whenever possible. If it is not possible, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic. Obey all traffic signals.
5) Walk, don't run.
Walking is safer, and by not running children will be able to observe traffic more easily and each other.
6) Stay in groups and/or with parent.
Small children should remain with their parents, and older children should stay in their group in familiar neighborhoods only.
7) Know stop, drop and roll, and how to dial 911.
8) Provide your child with emergency identification.
Place your child's name, telephone number and address somewhere on their costume, clothing, or a piece of paper in their pocket.
9) Approach lit houses only.
Houses that are ready to receive Halloween trick-or-treaters should have their porch light on and/or a pumpkin lit up by the door. Never approach a house without its lights on.
10) Costume Safety is a Must!
Take caution when selecting a costume. Make sure your costume is non-flamable and does not obstruct your vision.