To ensure that everyone has a safe and fun Halloween this year, the National Safety Council has released a set of tips for people to follow when trick or treating.
Motorist must be especially alert on Halloween. The NSC urges motorists to watch out for children darting out from parked cars, walking in roadways and wearing dark clothing.
Before allowing children to go out and trick or treat, parents must make sure that children are with an adult. Children should only go to areas familiar to them on an established route and should only stop at apartments or houses that are well lit.
Parents should make sure that their children’s costumes are made with only flame retardant material. The costumes should be loose enough so that warm clothing can be worn underneath and short enough that they do not cause a tripping hazard. If children are out after dark, they should always wear brightly colored clothes.
On the route throughout the evening, children should be reminded that they should not enter a home without adult supervision, that they should walk not run between homes, and they should walk on the left side of the road facing traffic if there is no sidewalk.
Finally, parents should insist that children bring home their treats for inspection before eating them. When in doubt, throw it out.
For more information, visit www.crimemuseum.org/documents/Halloween%20Safety%20Tips.