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Trick or Treat Safety


Every year we are reminded about Trick or Treat safety, and yes, this year I am going to remind you yet again. Please take a few moments to review the list and discuss the appropriate items with your children before venturing out in search of sugary treats.

Ø      Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.

Ø      Costumes should be loose fitting to allow for warmer clothes underneath.

Ø      Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard.

Ø      Masks can obstruct a child's vision, use facial make-up instead.

Ø      If masks are worn, they should have nose & mouth openings and large eye holes.

Ø      Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or reflective.

Ø      Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.

Ø      Walk; do not run from house to house.

Ø      Do not cross yards.

Ø      Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.

Ø      If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.

Ø      Parents should have a flashlight with them.

Ø      All none costume wearers should consider wearing a reflective vest.

Ø      Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.

Ø      Give your Trick or Treat bunch a meal or snack before going out.

Ø      Have at least one adult go with the children, more if the group is larger.

Ø      Trick or Treat in areas where there are a lot of people around.

Ø      Avoid taking short-cuts through alleys and parking lots.

Ø      Always check your child’s candy before allowing them to eat.

Ø      And of course, ensure that your Trick or Treat bunch is having fun!

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