2010-10-28 / News

Put safety first this Halloween

Sunday night, Oct. 31, is Halloween, a holiday that has roots going back some 2,000 years, and is, in modern times, a night when kids don costumes and walk through the spooky, darkened streets asking for handouts of candy.

We offer these tips to ensure the safety of all children and families who are out enjoying the annual trick or treat event.

What to tell the kids

• Plan and discuss a route in advance, and know the names of your children’s friends.

•Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas, stopping only at houses that are well lit. • Tell kids not to dart out from between parked cars.

• Walk on the sidewalks, not in the streets.

• Establish a return time and give at least one child a watch.

• Give children a cell phone so they can check in periodically.

• Tell children not to eat anything until they get home.

• Give children the names of some “safe” adults they can go to if there is a problem.

What motorists can do

• Watch for children wearing dark clothing.

• Keep eyes open for children walking on roadways, medians and along curbs.

• Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.

Keep costumes safe

• Use only costumes made of fire-retardant materials.

• Wear loose costumes so that warm clothing can be worn underneath.

• Carry a flashlight or glow stick to light your way. Use face paint rather than masks to ensure good visibility.

• Add reflective tape to costumes that are dark in color. Make sure hems are at ankle level or above so children don’t trip over them.

For homeowners

• Keep pets off the streets and away from the doors — animals may become frightened by the scary costumes.

• Make sure doorway is well lighted.

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