Happy Halloween — Have fun, but take care!

Halloween is here. It’s sure to be a fun night, but make sure it’s a safe one, too!

Whether you’re the one opening the door to trick-or-treaters or a parent getting youngsters ready to ring the bell, keep safety in mind. The same is true for anyone traveling local roads while ghosts and goblins are out and about.

Homeowners

  • Make sure your property is free of all potential “Halloween hazards” like low tree limbs and faulty steps or railings.
  • Locate decorations like candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaria well out of harm’s way.
  • Walkways and stairs should be well-lit and free of obstacles.
  • Keep an eye on household pets that may get agitated by unfamiliar faces and unusual activity.

Parents

  • Make sure kids’ costumes allow for warmth, comfort and safety, including comfortable shoes and well-tied laces.
  • Costumes and props should be flame-resistant.
  • Illuminate dark-colored costumes with reflective tape. (or, create a silver metallic Hershey’s Kiss costume!)
  • Provide children with glow sticks or flashlights so they are more visible in the dark.
  • Always accompany younger children.
  • Older children should trick-or-treat with at least two friends, and you should know which route they’ll be following.
  • Warn children to only accept treats at the door, and to never go inside a stranger’s home.
  • Have youngsters wait until they get back home before eating any Halloween goodies, so you can check the treats (and pick YOUR favorite!) first.

Drivers

  • Drive slowly.
  • Pay extra attention.
  • Check twice before backing up or pulling into the driveway.
  • Proceed with caution!
  • Yield to young pedestrians.
  • Be patient. Allow extra time to get where you’re going.
  • Don’t be distracted. Ignore your cellphone – no calls or texting!

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