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Parents should know the area their children will be trick-or-treating in. Admonish them not to leave this area even if one of their friends tell them of another great place to trick-or-treat. Parents should accompany smaller children. Get together with your neighbors and go as a group. There is safety in numbers plus you will have as much fun as your children.

COSTUMES

* Purchase costumes, masks, beards, wigs, and costume accessories that are labeled “flame resistant”. These materials will resist burning. Keep away from flimsy-baggy sleeves and skirts.
* Buy or make costumes that are light, bright and easily seen by motorists. Place reflective tape on the costume and carry bags. Look for the tapes in your local hardware, bicycle, sporting goods or department stores such as Walmart or Kmart, etc.
* Each child should carry his/her own flashlight to see and be seen.
* Keep away from high-heeled or oversized shoes. Shoes should be well fitting and sturdy.
* Masks should be well fitted and have good ventilation with large eye holes for good vision.
* Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be made of soft flexible materials.

TREATS

* Warn children not to eat any treats until you have inspected them for any signs of tampering.
* Carefully examine any toy or novelty items received by trick-or-treaters under 3 years of age. Do not allow any young children to have items small enough to cause a possible choking or that have small parts that may break off and become a choking hazard.

DECORATIONS

* Keep candles and jack-o-lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes may come into contact with them.
* remove all obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.
* Indoors. keep candles and jack-o-lanterns away from curtains or from anything conbustible that could be ignited.
* Check all lights and extension cords for fraying or loose connections. Do not overload circuits with numerous decorations. Keep the decorations clear from the path a trick-or-treater will take to get to your door.

Have a safe, fun, and scary Halloween.


Posted on November 3rd, 2009 at 15:48 by Alex Smith in Uncategorized - Comments (0)

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