Halloween is just a little over a week away, and there are some things you should consider before sending your little trick-or-treaters out in search of candy.
The American Red Cross has simple tips to keep kids safe on Halloween.
First, when choosing a costume with your child, make sure it is flame resistant. Also, consider adding reflective tape to the costume and trick-or-treat bags.
You might want to use face makeup rather than a mask, which can cover a child's eyes, making it difficult to see.
Before your child goes trick-or-treating, make sure he or she has a flashlight and only visits homes that have a porch light on. Make sure kids know to only accept treats at the door - never enter a home.
Make sure kids stay on sidewalks and look both ways before crossing the street. Kids should never cut across yards, use alleys or cross between parked cars.
If you plan on welcoming trick-or-treaters, make sure your outdoor lights are on. Sweep leaves and debris from sidewalks and steps. Also, restrain your pets and consider using a glow stick rather than a candle in jack-o'-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard.
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