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      Halloween Safety Tips

      (SIOUX CITY, IA) The scariest day of the year is tomorrow - October 31st, better known as Halloween and of course that means the ghosts, goblins and witches will be out in full force collecting goodies.

      That's why the Sioux City Police Department is reminding everyone to stay alert and use caution.

      For Parents and Trick or Treaters:

      Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, flowerpots, pet leashes, etc.

      Halloween costumes should be made of fire retardant material and the eye holes should be large enough for good peripheral vision.

      A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.

      If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.

      Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

      Before allowing your children to eat any of the treats, examine them to be sure they are safe to eat.

      Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.

      Carry a cell phone for quick communication.

      Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.

      If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.

      Never cut across yards or use alleys.

      Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.

      Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!

      Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

      CDC has also listed several ways to a SAFE HALLOWEEN.

      Going trick-or-treating?

      Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat. Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearingdecorative contact lenses.Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.BEdme@siouxlandnews.com

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