Northwest NEWS

October 21, 2002

Home & Garden

Help your ghosts and goblins trick-or-treat safely

From American Red Cross
   It's almost Halloween time. With witches, goblins and super-heroes descending on neighborhoods across America, parents can use some safety tips to help prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday.
   Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun.
   The following simple guidelines can help keep families safe this Halloween:
   Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street,
   Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks and low-flying brooms;
   Cross the street only at corners;
   Don't hide or cross the street between parked cars;
   Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards and brooms, too.);
   Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible, have an adult go with you;
   Carry a flashlight to light your way;
   Keep away from open fires and candles. (Costumes can be extremely flammable.)
   Visit homes that have the porch light on;
   Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house;
   Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes;
   Be cautious of animals and strangers;
   Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. Don't eat candy if the package is already opened.
   Remember: small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.