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Top Tips for a safe Halloween.

1. Always ensure that there is adequate adult supervision when trick or treating.

2. Plan a local route and stick to it. Walk on the pavement and only cross the road at well lit, safe places.

3. Always carry a torch so that you can be seen in the dark.

4. Costumes should be large enough so that warm clothes can be worn underneath and should be flame-retardant.

5. Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house. If masks or hoods obstruct a child's vision, use face paints instead.

6. Do not carry weapons or other props - this will intimidate householders and passersby.

7. Do not cut across lawns or parks as there may be hidden objects.

8. Only visit houses with Halloween decorations such as a carved pumpkin in the window - not everyone will welcome trick or treaters, so respect their views.

9. Do not enter homes of strangers - only accept treats in the doorway and thank the householder for the treat. And do not give them a trick.

10. Ask an adult to check the treats before eating them - you may be allergic.

Safety Tips for Householders

1. Put a Halloween decoration in your window if you are happy for trick or treaters to visit you.

2. Leave on an external light to enable trick or treaters to approach your door without accident.

3. Take care when lighting pumpkins - ensure that curtains and other flammable materials are tied back.

4. Keep any treats near your front door for security - and don't invite any trick or treaters into your home unless you know them.

5. Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats in case of allergies.

6. Report any unsupervised or unruly group of trick or treaters to the police.

* www.safehalloween.co.uk in conjunction with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
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Title Annotation:Family Life
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2006
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