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    ​​Halloween Safety

    Halloween is a fun time for children of all ages. Between parties, costumes, trick-or-treating, safety is a big factor throughout the Halloween Season. By taking the time to follow some common tips, everyone can enjoy a safe and fun Halloween.


    • Cross streets only at a crosswalk or corner.
    • Use sidewalks or paths. Keep out of the streets if possible. If not, walk facing traffic and as far left as possible.
    • Kids 12 and under should have adults with them at all times.
    • Stick with direct and familiar routes.
    • Carry flashlights or glow sticks​ to stay visible to traffic.
    • Costumes and bags should be light-colored or have reflective tape or stickers for increased visibility.
    • Make sure costumes fit well and don't impede movement or vision. Use face paint instead of masks for better vision.
    • Be aware that many common substances can be potentially hazardous. Watch for reactions and call Poison Control if you see a problem.


    Safety is everyone's responsibility.  Prime time for kids to be out on Halloween is 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. If you're out on Halloween, be alert and slow down while driving. Take extra care and keep clear of distractions like being on a cell phone and keep you head lights on. Keep the Poison Control number – 800-222-1222 - handy, in case you need it, as well.

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