Tips on playing it safe this Halloween

Oct. 29, 2012 at 5:29 a.m.

With Halloween just around the corner, ghouls and goblins throughout the Crossroads are busying themselves getting their looks just right. Still, costumes aren't the only consideration.

Safety is key on Halloween.

Here are some tips to keep kids safe during their trick-or-treat search for sweets.

Make sure kids can be seen. Apply reflective tape to costumes and goody bags and encourage them to use a flashlight.

Don't let kids trick-or-treat alone. Make sure they either are accompanied by a trusted adult or trick-or-treat in groups. Groups of people are easier to spot.

Encourage children to play it safe with traffic by walking on sidewalks and looking both ways before crossing the street. Tell them not to run.

Teach children to avoid walking near lit candles or luminaries. Also, make sure their costumes are flame-resistant.

Make sure costumes fit well. Kids should be able to easily see out of masks, and costumes should not pose a tripping hazard. Accessories such as swords and knives should be short, soft and flexible.

Children should never enter a stranger's home.

Check kids' candy before they eat it. Avoid homemade treats given out by strangers. Instead, keep to factory-wrapped treats that do not appear to be tampered with.

Parents: Drive safely. Children will be out and about and not all of them will be supervised. Some may come out from between cars parked on the street. If you park your car, do so legally.

Sources: Victoria Police Department news release and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.



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