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Tips for a safe and happy Halloween

Following these simple safety tips can make for a less scary holiday

Keeping costumes safe, checking candies before your child digs in and making sure your home is trick-or-treat friendly are all important steps to take to help ensure a safe and happy Halloween for children and their grown-ups.

Please consider the following additional safety tips:

Be especially alert when driving in residential neighborhoods.  Drive slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic. Remember, costumes can limit a child’s visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle.

Make your home safe to visit by turning on exterior lights to welcome trick-or-treaters.  Remove objects from your porch and yard that may be hazardous to visitors. Sweep your walkway so there is nothing to slip on. Restrain pets so they do not bite or jump up on the children at the door. Give wrapped or packaged candy only.

Be aware of suspicious activity by reporting any suspicious criminal activity to your local law enforcement agency.

Trick-or-Treat safely by requiring that young children trick or treat with an adult, accept wrapped or packaged candy only, carry a flashlight or glow sticks and walk on sidewalks on well-lit streets, and watch for vehicles when crossing streets or driveways.  For more trick or treat safety trips visit the National Safety Council or Safe Kids Worldwide

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