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Halloween Safety from Kiowa County Public Health

Happy Halloween!
Be Safe and Be Seen!!

Next week is the time of year that many kids (and honestly some adults) look forward to every year. We
all get to dress up as our favorite character, animal, or spook. We get to pretend for just a little while
that we are someone else. It is a time for fun, silly games, parties and yummy treats.
Wait….I forgot to say creating and carving the perfect jack-o- lantern to display on the porch and show
to everyone.
With so many people out and about during the Halloween season it is important to remember safety
tips to keep you and all the kids safe. It is important to watch carefully for kids on the streets and walk
ways every day. But it is important to be even more diligent during Halloween. The kids are so excited to
get to the next house that they will often forget to watch for cars and safety hazards while crossing
roads and streets.
Parents please remember these basic Halloween Safety Facts to help keep your children safe:
1. Avoid trick-or- treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
2. Costume accessories such as swords, knives, etc. should be short, soft and flexible.
3. Fasten reflective tape to costumes or bags to help drivers see you.
4. Hold a flashlight or other lighted device to help you see tripping hazards and to help others see
you. Walk don’t run from house to house.
5. Look both ways when crossing the street. Use cross walks or cross at corners when you can.
6. Walk on sidewalks when possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
7. Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shows to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
8. Enter homes only if you are with a trusted adult.
9. Be careful around lit candles or luminaries. Costumes can easily catch on fire if they are not
flame resistant.
If I was writing this for a bigger town I would be sure to let you know to only accept and eat factory
packed candies. Once you got home to be sure to check them to make sure that they are not tampered
with.
We live in a unique place. We are lucky enough to know most everyone around if not everyone. We all
look out for each other. That is one of the great parts of living in a small town like this. But as a lot of us
know Halloween is not Halloween without certain homemade treats such as candied apples and
popcorn balls. But it still never hurts to ensure your kids safety.

Let’s keep everyone safe this Halloween season and remember to watch out for the people out and
about. Be extra diligent while driving around town because there will always be a few kids that are
dressed in dark colors with no lights or reflectors. Hope everyone has a safe and Halloween.

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