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Mon, October 28, 2013

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is Thursday.  Are you prepared for Trick-or-Treating?  If you plan on venturing out with your little ghouls, goblins, minions and so on, there is a lot of information you should become familiar with.

Here are some safety tips from the Iowa City Police Department:

Halloween Safety Tips:
• If a mask is part of the Halloween costume, it should be easy to get on and off, and should not obstruct a trick-or-treater's ability to see or breathe. Don't hesitate to cut out larger openings for eyes, nose, and mouth, if necessary. Consider using non-toxic face paint instead of a mask.
• Avoid any costumes that drag on the ground to avoid tripping hazards, and make sure costumes are made with fire-retardant materials.
• Have your children wear good-fitting shoes rather than costume footwear, such as pretend high heels or too-large boots.
• For young ninjas and other similar characters: Knives, swords, and other costume props should be made of cardboard or another flexible material that won't cause injury in case of a fall. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
• Make sure that your child is easy to see: Have your trick-or-treater carry a flashlight or wear something lighted, such as a glow bracelet or necklace, flashing attire, or shoes that light up. Or, dress your child in light-colored clothing, which is easier to see, or add reflective tape to a Halloween costume or coat.

Additional ways to keep trick-or-treaters safe:
• Consider the safety of trick-or-treaters when doing your exterior decorating. Make sure that jack-o-lanterns or other seasonal decorations that feature candles, lights, or cords do not pose a danger to children and the adults who accompany them, and remove these items from sidewalks and porches when the time comes for trick-or-treaters to arrive.
• Drivers are asked to be especially alert on Halloween. Keep a close watch for children who may be dressed in dark clothing or walking on roadways, medians, and curbs, or who may dart out from between parked cars. Also, be sure to enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
• Parents, guardians, or a responsible older youth should accompany children when they're trick-or-treating, even if they're staying close to home. Instruct children to never enter a stranger's home.
• Trick-or-treat at homes in familiar neighborhoods, and only stop at homes where the porch light is on and the area is well-lit.
• Plan a trick-or-treat route in advance to look for any obstacles that might cause problems, such as broken sidewalks or construction projects. Remind your children not to cut across lawns or driveways, to avoid potential hidden obstacles and upset homeowners.
• Dress children appropriately for the weather. Make sure they stay hydrated and don't over-heat in a heavy costume.
• Keep track of time and don't go past the posted end-time.
• Don't let the kids eat any Halloween treats until they're brought home and examined by parents. Fruit that's been offered should be washed prior to eating. When in doubt, throw it out.
Halloween is also a time for pranks that may have the potential to harm a person or property. If you see any unlawful or suspicious activity, call 911.

Follow this link for the Trick-or-Treat hours in the KXEL listening area:

Be safe and have fun!

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