ALL DRESSED UP:
”¢Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
”¢Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
”¢Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
”¢When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
”¢If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
”¢Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
”¢Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.
HOME SAFE HOME:
”¢To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
”¢Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
”¢Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
”¢Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
ON THE TRICK-OR-TREAT TRAIL:
”¢A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
”¢If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
”¢Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
”¢Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or Treaters:
”¢Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
”¢Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
”¢Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
”¢If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
”¢Never cut across yards or use alleys.
”¢Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
”¢Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
”¢Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
Motorists travelling on Halloween night should remember that children are everywhere: streets, sidewalks, crosswalks and parking lots. You will need to be on the highest alert while driving. Many of the costumes children wear are dark and difficult to see, be sure to have your headlights on. Be alert at all times, drive with caution and slow down!