Halloween is a cherished tradition that children look forward to. To help keep your trick-or-treaters safe, remember the following tips.
■ Accompany children along their route.
■ Walk on the sidewalks, not in the street.
■ Travel in groups.
■ Use flashlights.
■ Wear bright, reflective and flame retardant clothing.
■ Make sure hooded costumes or masks do not block a child's vision.
■ Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape.
■ Do not talk to strangers along the way.
■ Go only to well-lit houses with porch lights on.
■ Do not enter a home.
■ Bring candy home for inspection before eating it - if in doubt, throw it out.
■ Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.
Teen Halloween Safety:
Mixed in with the costumes, ghost stories, and haunted attractions this Halloween, some teens may be more likely to engage in risky behaviors as part of the holiday festivities -- including vandalism, drinking, drug use and impaired decision-making. Parents can keep safety a priority with these tips:
■ Keep tabs on your teens' whereabouts and have them check in regularly.
■ Set clear rules and reiterate the consequences of breaking those rules.
■ Be firm and follow through on the consequences.
■ Reduce your speed in neighborhoods.
■ Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
■ Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
■ Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
■ At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
For additional safety tips, contact the National Safety Council at http://www.nsc.org.