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Halloween safety tips

7:53 AM, Oct 29, 2012   |    comments
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KSDK - Tens of thousands of kids will be out in force this Wednesday to trick or treat. And with so many children outside that night, Jefferson County Sheriff Oliver "Glenn" Boyer has released a list of helpful reminders and tips to ensure a safe Halloween.

BEFORE TRICK-OR TREATING:

> Wear a costume that makes it easy for you to walk and be seen.
> Be sure that your costume is short enough to avoid tripping.
> It is best to make a costume out of non-flammable material that won't catch on fire.
> Use reflective tape on your costume so people driving cars at night can see you.
> Carry a flashlight with you at all times.
> If you wear a mask, take it off before crossing a street.
> Plan your trick-or treat route ahead of time, picking streets that are well lit.
> Have a parent, older brother or sister go with you, or go with a group of children.

DURING TRICK-OR TREATING:

> Trick-or-treat in a group and hold onto your treat bag tightly.
> Only trick-or-treat at houses with the porch light on.
> It's always best to trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood.
> Cross only at corners. Never cross the street between parked cars or the middle of the block.
>Walk on well lit streets and stay on the sidewalk.
>If there is no sidewalk, stay as far left of the roadway as possible and walk facing traffic.
>Stop only at the houses of people you know.
>NEVER go into the home of a stranger, even if you are invited in for a treat.
>Wait until you get home to sort, check, and eat your treats.

AFTER TRICK-OR-TREATING:

>Throw away any candy or food that is not wrapped and sealed by a candy or food company.
>Always cut open your trick-or- treat fruit before you take your first bite from it.
>Notify your parents and the Police if there are any suspicious treats.
>Parents should examine all candy before allowing their children to eat it.

KSDK

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