Tips for a Safe Halloween:
-Only use marked crosswalks: Not everyone remembers to slow down when driving through residential streets. Cross where a car would expect to see you, never in between cars or in the middle of the road.
-Avoid homemade treats, only eat properly wrapped candy: Any opened candy should be thrown away. Yes, some people have only the best intentions and like to bake cookies for trick-or- treaters, but for food safety reasons, it's better to toss these treats.
*Parents: It's not a bad idea to go through your kid's candy before they eat it.
-Wear something that reflects light so cars can see you: Especially if your costume is all black. Reflective tape works quite well.
-Do NOT go trick-or-treating alone: Have an adult go with you or go with a group of friends.
-Map out a route for trick or treating: Make sure your parents and your trick-or-treating group are aware of this route.
-Costume accessories like swords, knives and guns should all have rounded edges and be made of flimsy materials like rubber to make sure no one gets hurt.
-Report any suspicious activity around the neighborhood right away: Some people see Halloween as an occasion for pranks and vandalism. If you see any suspicious behavior, do NOT get involved. Call the police, they'll gladly come check it out.
-If your costume includes a mask, make sure you can see out of the eye holes properly.
-Stick to more populated roads: Don't cut through back alleys. Stay in well-lit areas.
-When trick-or-treating, never enter anyone's home.
Extra Tips for Teens:
-AVOID PRANKS: It may seem like a fun idea but remember that vandalism is a crime you WILL get in trouble.
-Tell your parents where you're going, who you're with and tell the truth: It's not easy for parents to let you go out on your own on Halloween. Win some brownie-points and maintain mom and dad's trust.
-Be EXTRA aware of trick or treaters if you're driving: Go slow, do not speed, especially in residential areas.
-Pour your own drink into your cup and don't leave your drink unattended.
-If you are driving, make sure you have enough gas to get where you need to go.
-Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before you leave the house: If you're staying out late, help mom and dad keep their peace of mind by sending them a text to check in once or twice throughout the night.
-If you're going out with a big group of friends, make your costume unique so you stand out in the crowd.
For more Halloween safety tips, visit www.halloween-safety.com
Have a fun and safe Halloween, everyone!