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Halloween Safety Tips

By Staff
Oct. 27, 2002
Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center will X-ray candy for all trick-or-treaters from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Halloween. The cost is free. Enter through the 23rd Avenue side of the hospital and head for the radiology department.
Carry a flashlight.
Walk, don't run.
Stay on sidewalks.
Obey traffic signals.
Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
Don't cut across yards or driveways.
Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground.
Shoes should fit, even if they don't go with your costume.
Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props.
If no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic
Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
Approach only houses that are lit.
Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know.
Make your child eat dinner before setting out.
Children should carry quarters so they can call home.
Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.
If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.
Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home.
You should know where children are going.
Tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before eating anything.
Look at the candy wrappers carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.
Make sure your yard is clear of ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones.
Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater.
Battery powered jack o'lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.
If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from trick-or-treaters.
Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won't be blown into a flaming candle.
Source: Children Safety Zone Home Page at www.sosnet.com/safety/halloween.tip.html