Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween can be scary enough, with all the youngsters disguised as scary monsters, without having to worry if they're safe. Here you'll find the most important tips to keep your little ghouls and goblins safe this Halloween.

--When selecting or making costumes, be sure they are made of materials that are fire resistant, and that eye holes are large enough for good peripheral vision, which is especially important when crossing streets.

--Instruct children to never go into the home of a stranger or get into a car.

--Make sure children carry a flashlight, glow stick, or that they have reflective materials on costumes to make them more visable at night.

--Younger children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween. They should be accompanied by an adult or teen-aged sibling. Parents should make sure that older children are old enough and responsible enough to go out on their own.

--Parents should plane a safe trick-or-treat route that includes stopping only at familiar houses in their own neighborhood.

--Be sure to instruct older children to trick-or-treat in a group with other older children, to stay only in populated places and wel lighted areas, and not to go off the beaten path or cut through back alleys and fields.

--Parents should know the routes older children will be taking, set a time for their return home and make sure they understand the importance of being home on time.

--Be sure to instruct children not to eat any treats until they are brought home to be inspected by an adult.

--Adults should keep well informed about other activities their children may be attending or participating in such as parties, school, or functions.

For more Halloween safety tips, go to halloween-safety.com.