Halloween safety tips for your trick-or-treaters

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 7:54 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 1 at 12:14 PM

SEATTLE -- To keep the spooky surprises to a minimum, there are some Halloween safety tips to consider.
 
Before the trick-or-treating begins, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want families to look at its Halloween safety list.
 
The CDC recommends that trick-or-treaters:

  • Make sure swords, knives, and similar costume accessories are short, soft and flexible.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.  
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Examine all candy for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating. Also walk and don't run from house to house.
  • Test make-up in a small area first, and remove it before bedtime to avoid skin and eye irritation.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
  • Do not eat homemade treats made by strangers
  • Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
     

King County has additional Halloween safety tips at this website  takewinterbystorm.org.

Take Winter By Storm will be providing free safety items and checklists in the following trick-or-treat locations on October 31st:
Ø Bainbridge Island – Bainbridge Island Merchants, Winslow Way, 4:00-6:00 pm, Cost: Free
Ø Bremerton – Downtown Bremerton Merchants, Pacific Avenue, 5:00-8:00 pm, Cost: Free
Ø Edmonds – Downtown at 3rd and 5th Avenues from Walnut to Bell Streets, 5:00-7:00pm, Cost: Free
Ø Lakewood – Lakewood Senior Activity Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW, 1:00-3:00 pm, Cost: $3 donation
Ø Seattle – Magnolia Neighborhood, McGraw between 32nd & 34th West Avenues, 4:00-6:00pm, Cost: Free
Ø Kent – Kent Station, 4:00-6:00 pm, Cost: Free

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