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There's no trick to Halloween safety; keep these tips in mind

Posted: Monday, October 29, 2007

 

  A pumpkin eating a smaller pumpkin is seen in Bismark, N.D., on Friday. The carved orange pumpkin was spotted in a yard in north Bismarck and was carved by Kevin Tengesdal. Tom Stromme

A pumpkin eating a smaller pumpkin is seen in Bismark, N.D., on Friday. The carved orange pumpkin was spotted in a yard in north Bismarck and was carved by Kevin Tengesdal.

Tom Stromme

BOO!

It's not just your little goblins and ghouls that can be scary on Halloween.

There are real-life dangers lurking about on the holiday that brings out the young princesses, superheroes and monsters.

Children will be hunting for candy this Halloween, and residents are encouraged to be extra careful, especially on the roadways. Pedestrian injuries and deaths are a serious concern, and excited youngsters may forget safety and dart out into the street.

And according to the American Red Cross, the greatest hazards on Halloween are pedestrian-vehicle collisions, falls and costume mishaps.

But parents of trick-or-treaters can take steps to keep their youngsters safe.

Police encourage parents to accompany their children trick-or-treating and to go before dark, if possible.

Costumes should be checked before the outing begins to make sure they are flame resistant and have reflective tape to make them visible.

Picking the right doors to knock on also is important. Parents should consider only soliciting candy at homes of people they know and areas they know.

If the light is off, don't go there. Certain sex offenders are required to keep their porch light off on Halloween in some states.

Police recommend checking Web sites listing registered sex offenders' addresses before planning a route for trick-or-treating.

Tips for motorists

* Be especially alert and careful.

* Notice parked cars and drive slowly past them children may dart out.

* Watch for children walking along roadways and curbs.

* Enter and exit driveways carefully.

Source: American Red Cross

Tips for trick-or-treaters

* Young children should always go trick-or-treating with an adult.

* Never trick-or-treat alone. Have at least two buddies with you.

* Plan your entire route and make sure your family knows what it is. Check Web sites listing registered sex offenders' addresses before heading out.

* Visit only houses where the lights are on.

* Walk on sidewalks and driveways.

* Cross the street at the corner or in a crosswalk.

* Carry a flashlight.

* Wear costumes with reflective markings and bright colors.

* Costumes should not drag along the ground.

* Costumes should be made of flame-resistant material.

* Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside a house.

* Do not play near lit jack-o'-lanterns.

* Check candy before eating an adult should inspect it for signs of tampering.

Source: Lubbock, Texas, Police Department

Tips for homeowners

* Make sure your walkway is safe for children to enter.

* Consider using flashlights or glow sticks instead of candles in your jack-o'-lanterns.

* If you do use candles, place lit jack-o'-lanterns away from curtains and other flammable material.

* Put animals inside.

* Never invite in a child you do not know.

* Clean up all lawn accessories to avoid falls.

* Keep decorations out of walkways.

Source: American Red Cross



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