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Be vigilant for a safe Halloween

Local experts offer advice for staying safe on Halloween.
by Heather Warlick Published: October 30, 2012

Kids tend to take the shortest route to their destinations, which could mean darting out between parked cars. Children often aren't very good at sizing up traffic situations and may be distracted by their costumes, other children and decorations.

Drivers should be aware of kids walking near roadways and remember they may suddenly step, fall or be pushed into the street.

Here are some tips from AAA and the Norman Police Department for keeping Halloween safe and fun.

• Trick-or-treat while it is still light outside. Though it will still be Daylight Savings Time on Halloween, the sun will set about 6:30 p.m.

If your children do go out after dark, they should carry a flashlight so they can see and be seen easily. For additional visibility, use retro-reflective tape on costumes.

• Use makeup instead of a mask.

• Trick-or-treat in groups.

• Remind your kids to cross streets only at corners and to never cross between parked cars or in the middle of the block.

If there are no sidewalks, tell your kids to always walk facing traffic and as far off the roadway as possible.

• Children should only visit the homes of residents they know and who have outside lights on as a sign of welcome. Children should not enter homes or apartments unless an adult accompanies them.

• Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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