Keep Safe this Halloween…Regardless of Age!

Halloween is a time for trick-or-treating, attending parties and eating plenty of candy. 

Like any occasion during which large numbers of people are out and about after dark, Halloween brings with it certain hazards. With many children crossing streets and often approaching the homes of strangers, and with many adults partaking in alcohol, safety organizations strongly urge participants in the festivities to use common sense and caution.

Whether you’re trick-or-treating with the mini princesses and superheroes around the installation, or attending to a costume party, check out the great tips below to help keep you and your Family safe!

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 Costumes:  

–Plan costumes that are bright, reflective and easily seen by individuals in cars.

–Select fire resistant costumes.

–Make sure that your child’s shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping or coming in contact with a flame.

–Consider using face make-up instead of masks.  Masks can obstruct a child’s vision.

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Trick-or-Treating Trail:

–Always have a parent or adult accompany young children when trick-or-treating.

–When possible, trick-or-treat in the daylight.

–Only visit homes that have a well-lit front door area and always remain on the outside of the house.

–Agree on a route and curfew for older children who are trick-or-treating alone.

–Never run across the street and only cross in appropriate areas.

–Always examine candy for unwrapped or otherwise suspicious looking items prior to allowing children to eat it.

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Safe Halloween Home: 

–Remove all tripping hazards from the yard including garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.

–Ensure that all outside lights are working properly.

–Remove all wet leaves from sidewalks and driveway.

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Pumpkin Carving:

–Never allow small children to carve a pumpkin unattended.

–Use glow sticks or flashlights inside of pumpkins instead of a real flame

–Place candlelit pumpkins on a sturdy table and away from anything flammable (such as, curtains, tablecloths, fabric furniture and so forth).

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Driving:

–Drive slowly and don’t pass stopped vehicles.  The driver might be dropping off children.

–Watch for children darting into the street.  Children can cross the street anywhere.

–Yield to young pedestrians.  Children might not stop, either because they don’t see your vehicle approaching or don’t know how to cross the street safely.

–Never drink and drive.

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Parties:

–If hosting a party, remind guests to designate a sober driver.

–Do not let impaired guests drive.

–Prepare a list of local taxi companies in advance should guests need to call one.

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Remember, Army Safe is Army Strong!

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Keep Safe this Halloween…Regardless of Age!