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Halloween Safety Theres No Trick To It
The observance of Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands ofyears ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts, devils andgoblins. Over the years, Halloween customs and rituals have changeddramatically. Today, many of the young and young-at-heart take a more light spiritedapproach. Glowing skeletons and lighted Jack O' Lanterns decoratehomes, while children dressed in all kinds of costumes begin flocking out ontoneighborhood streets in search of treats. Make this year's holiday extra safe byfollowing these safety tips on costumes, treats, decorations and more!
CostumesWhen purchasing costumes, masks, beards and wigs, look for flame-resistantfabrics such as nylon or polyester, or look for the label "Flame Resistant." Tominimize the risk of contact with candles and other fire sources, avoid costumesmade with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.•Costumes should fit well and not drag on the ground to guard against trips andfalls. Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes. Oversized high heels are nota good idea.•• Purchase or make costumes that are light, bright and clearly visible to motorists.Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have a child wear a loose-fittingmask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision. If a mask is used, however,make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.•For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes andcandy sacks with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car's headlights.Reflective tape is usually available in hardware, bicycle and sporting goodsstores.
DecorationsKeep candles and Jack O' Lanterns away from landings and doorsteps wherecostumes could brush against the flame.•• Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting visitors.• Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps.Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face withmarkers. Then parents can do the cutting.•• Votive candles are safest for candle-lit pumpkins.
Pedestrian SafetyYoung children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older,responsible child.•Children should go only to homes where the residents are known andhave outside lights on as a sign of welcome.•Children should not enter homes unless they are accompanied by anadult.•All children should WALK, not run from house to house and use thesidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street.•Children should be cautioned against running out from between parkedcars, or across lawns and yards where ornaments or furniture presentdangers.•• Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
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