Monday, October 29, 2012

When Trick-or-Treating…

A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. Here are some other things to keep in mind and tell trick-or-treaters so that they can have a safe Halloween:

Reminders Before Trick-or-Treating…

  • Use a flashlight. By doing so, you can see and be seen by others.
  • Stay in a group, and communicate where you will be going.
  • Go only to homes with a porch light on.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
  • Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
  • Always walk. Never run across a street.
  • Cross the street as a group and only in established cross-walks.
  • Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway, or alley.
  • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, it doesn’t mean others will.
  • Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered.
  • No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
  • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

After Trick-or-Treating…

  • Wait until you are at home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween.
  • Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking, such as hard candies, are given only to those of an appropriate age.
 We hope these tips will help you and your family have a safe and happy Halloween.

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