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October 18, 2012

Our Opinon: Have a safe Halloween


• Be especially alert. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush-hour period between 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

• Drive more slowly. Slow down and anticipate heavier than usual pedestrian traffic.

• Turn lights on. Be sure to drive with full headlights on so children can be spotted from greater distances.

Although pedestrian safety is the main concern on Halloween, parents also need to keep in mind that there are other hazards for their children on this holiday. Parents must check treats for choking hazards or signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them. Safe Kids of Otsego County suggests that parents look for non-flammable costumes and non-toxic designations in Halloween makeup, and make sure their children wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes to prevent trips and falls.

Finally, children should only go to homes where the residents are known and where outside lights are on as a sign of welcome.

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