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Halloween Safety Tips

Post Date:10/31/2016 1:56 PM
Halloween should be fun for kids, but to be fun for kids and parents it needs to be safe. Here are few safety tips that could keep Halloween safe for you and your kids. So BE SMART AND SAFE:

Make sure your kids dress up safely

• Check that the costumes are flame-retardant so the little ones aren't in danger near burning jack-o-lanterns and other fire hazards.
• Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps in the night.
• Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable and, more importantly, they can obstruct a child's vision -- a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
• Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.

Make trick-or-treating trouble free

• Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups so they aren't a tempting target for real-life goblins. Parents should accompany young children.
• Make sure older kids trick-or-treat with friends. Together, map out a safe route so parents know where they'll be. Tell them to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
• Try to get your kids to trick-or-treat while it's still light out. If it's dark, make sure someone has a flashlight and pick well-lighted streets.
• Make sure kids know not to enter strange houses or strangers' cars.

Treats

• Kids need to know not to eat their treats until they get home. One way to keep trick-or-treaters from digging in while they're still out is to feed them a meal or a snack beforehand.
• Check out all treats at home in a well-lighted place.
• What to eat? Only unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers. Don't forget to inspect fruit and homemade goodies for anything suspicious. By all means, remind kids not to eat everything at once or they'll be feeling pretty ghoulish for a while!

Halloween can be a lot of fun for parents and kids alike -- if everybody remembers the tricks and the treats of playing it safe.

Don't Forget Trick-or-Treat the Trails at White Deer Park on October 31st from 3p-6p.
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