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PARENTS

  • Choose a flame-retardant costume, and attach reflective tape to it.
  • Make sure costumes are short enough to prevent tripping or entanglement.
  • Inspect your own yard, porch, and walkway to eliminate tripping hazards like rakes, hoses, toys, etc.
  • Make sure your home and walkways are well-lit.
  • Always accompany young kids on the entire trick-or-treat route.
  • If your kids are older, talk to them about the route they should follow, and agree on a return time.
  • Tell your kids to stop only at well-lit homes and never to enter a stranger’s home or car.
  • Teach kids their home phone number and how to call 9-1-1.
  • Feed your kids before they go trick-or-treating, and tell them not to eat any treats until they return home.
  • Secure your pets. They might be frightened by strange costumes and sounds.
  • If you light your jack-o’-lantern with a candle, keep it away from drapes and fabrics.
  • Be extra cautious when driving. Watch for kids in dark clothing who might dart into your path.

KIDS

  • Carry a flashlight to see and be seen.
  • Walk slowly and stay in a group.
  • Don’t cut across yards or driveways.
  • Cross the street only at corners, and stay on sidewalks.
  • Avoid strange neighborhoods, and approach only homes that have a light on.
  • Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
  • Be extra careful when wearing masks, which can block your vision. Watch out for cars, in particular.
  • Stay away from pets you don’t know.
  • Let your parents examine your treats before you eat them.

 

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