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Trick or treat safety tips

Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and automobile collisions. Here are some safety tips:

  • Map out your trick-or-treating route.
  • Use a flashlight.
  • If you visit the house of a stranger, accept treats at the door. Do not go inside.
  • Use face paint instead of masks, which can cover your eyes.
  • Wear light-colored clothing and use reflective tape on shoes.
  • Whether you walk, slither or sneak, do it on the sidewalks and not in the street.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross at corners.
  • Watch for cars and don’t hide between parked vehicles.
  • Wigs, capes and costumes are flammable; avoid open flames.
  • Use a glow stick instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns.
  • Visit only homes with their porch lights turned on.
  • Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.
  • An adults should inspect candy and remove any open wrappers or choking hazards before eating.

Source: American Red Cross

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