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Safety tips for Halloween trick-or-treaters

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 21, 2002

As ghosts, pirates and princesses prepare to descend on local neighborhoods Halloween night, the American Red Cross offers parents the following "Lucky 13" safety tips to help prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday:

-- Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible, have an adult go with you.

-- Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards and brooms too!)

-- Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes.

-- Cross the street only at corners.

-- Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks and low-flying brooms.

-- Don't hide or cross the street between parked cars.

-- Walk, slither and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street.

-- Carry a flashlight to light your way.

-- Visit homes that have the porch light on.

-- Keep away from open fires and candles. (Keep in mind that costumes can be extremely flammable.)

-- Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house.

-- Be cautious of strangers and animals.

-- Have a grownup inspect your treats before eating. And don't eat candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.

Call the Red Cross at 564-8455 or 799-3237.

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