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Have a safe Halloween

Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls will be taking to the street in celebration of Halloween today. 
Amidst the Halloween festivities, parents need to take steps to ensure the safety of their children and teens. Homeowners expecting to dole out treats — not tricks — also need to take steps to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters.

When selecting a costume for your child, make sure the material is flame-retardant. Also, select non-toxic makeup instead of a mask that could restrict your child’s vision.

Think twice before allowing your child to use a prop such as a plastic scythe, butcher knife or axe. These props can cause injury if they are fallen on or cause unnecessary fear in other trick-or-treaters.

Make sure your child carries a flashlight, a glow stick, or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars. Always accompany your children as they trick-or-treat.

Teaching children basis safety rules such as not getting in cars with strangers, looking both ways before crossing the street, never entering a house, and only approaching well-lit homes eliminate many of the dangers of trick-or treating. If your teens are going out on their own, make sure you have agreed on a safe route they will stick to and make sure they know what time they need to return home. Remind your children and teens not to eat any of the candy until you have had the chance to inspect it for tampering.

Talk to the trick-or-treaters in your family about the difference between good Halloween fun and misbehavior. Halloween has become one of the peak times of year for acts of vandalism such as egging houses and cars or toilet-papering homes. Also, remember to protect your pets on Halloween. Incidences of animal cruelty increase in frequency around Halloween. Make sure your children know that both vandalism and animal cruelty are punishable by law and will not be tolerated.

Tips for Homeowners
• Make sure your yard is clear of things such as rakes, hoses, flowerpots and other items that could trip children. Keep the walkways clear of leaves and other debris.

• Restrain pets or put them up to protect the pet and the trick-or-treaters. Even mild mannered pets can become agitated by loud noises and flapping costumes.

• Make sure your home and yard is well lit to help children make it safely to and from your door. Keeping your home well-lit will also make it a less likely target for Halloween pranks.

• Offer healthy alternatives for trick-or-treaters including single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit snacks, mini-boxes of raisins, and non-food treats such as plastic rings, pencils, and stickers.

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