10/30/07 — Halloween safety tips

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Halloween safety tips

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on October 30, 2007 1:45 PM

Wednesday night is when the goblins and ghouls will be out and about in Goldsboro. But even scary creatures have to be safe on Halloween. So the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross offers these suggestions for a safe and happy Halloween:

*Map out the route that you plan to roam so you can find your way home.

*Take a flashlight.

*If you visit a house where a stranger lives, accept treats at the door and don't go inside.

*When you get ready to put on your disguise, use face paint instead of masks, which will cover your eyes.

*Always wear light-colored clothing to be seen in the dark. And remember to use reflective tape, even on bikes, skateboards and brooms.

*Whether you walk, slither or sneak, do it on the sidewalks and not in the street.

*Look both ways before crossing the street. And cross from the corner.

*Wigs, capes and costumes are flammable attire, so avoid open flames to prevent a fire.

*Use a glow stick instead of a candle so your jack-o-lantern isn't a safety hazard.

*Be on the lookout for drivers in their cars. Don't hide between parked vehicles.

*Stay off the lawn and only visit homes with their porch lights on.

*Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.

*Have a grownup inspect your candy when you're done trick or treating to remove open packages and choking hazards before eating your treats.