A Guide for Safe Trick or Treating

Each year young children go out to people’s homes to celebrate Halloween and receive sweets while showing off their creative costumes.  Whether you have children or not, please keep in mind all those out there out there in the streets visiting homes.  We are providing the following guide for safe Trick or Treating so that everyone can enjoy a safe Halloween.

A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children during their neighborhood rounds. Even if you know the neighborhood well there are a number of new persons both adult and children that you may not know.

Carry a flashlight. This will assist in stopping most trips and falls and allow drivers to see children in dark costumes.
Walk, don’t run. Running in front of a car can be disastrous for an entire community. Keeping to a walking pace will also reduces changes of tripping and falling.
Stay on sidewalks. This makes is easier for parents and responsible adults to keep track of children without having to come up to the house.
Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations. The laws are there for your safety every day of the year.
Look both ways before crossing the street, and always walk as a group at established crosswalks.
Avoid hiding or crossing the street between parked cars.
Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
Avoid cutting across yards or driveways. Uneven yards can cause tripping and falling.
Wear a watch that can be read in the dark. Always keep track of where you are.
Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground.
Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
Approach only houses that are lit. Do NOT knock on doors of dark houses.
Be cautious of animals and strangers. Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
Accept treats only in doorways, never inside houses.
Remember to say thank you after receiving your treats.
Bring treats home to be inspected before eating any.
Notify law enforcement authorities of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

After children return home, sort and check all treats. Throw away any spoiled, unwrapped, opened, or suspicious items.
Apportion treats for the days following Halloween. (very important to avoid stomach aches.)
Make sure that items that can cause choking (such as hard candies) are given only to those of an appropriate age.

At Your Computer Solutions Inc. we wish you a safe and Happy Halloween.

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