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Posted on: October 17, 2016

Trick-Or-Treat Safety

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This year's trick-or-treating for Halloween in East Grand Rapids will be on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Before your kids don their favorite character costume and head out for some delicious delights (and maybe some scary spooks), take a few minutes to read these tips from the Public Safety Dept.

Children should:

• Take a pre-established route in a known neighborhood and have a curfew.
• Bring flashlights, stay on sidewalks, avoid crossing yards and cross streets at the corner not between parked cars.
• Stop at all corners and stay together in a group before crossing the street.
• Go only to well-lit houses and remain on the porch rather than going inside.

Young children should:

• Be accompanied by an adult at all times.
• Have their name, address and phone number on their costume.

Other special notes:

• Costumes should be flame-retardant, fit properly, and marked with reflective tape. Avoid oversized shoes, high heels, trailing skirts or pants that your child could trip on.
• If you light a jack-o-lantern with a candle, use "votive" candles as they are the safest. Place lighted pumpkins on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects. Never leave them unattended.
• Tell children to bring all their treats home so a parent can check them out. Look for signs of tampering such as small pinholes in wrappers and torn or loose packaging. Remember, small items like gum, peanuts, hard candy or small toys can pose choking hazards for young children.
• Remove any hazards, garden hoses, toys, bikes, lawn decorations, leaves, etc. that a child could trip over from your yard. Make sure your house entrance is well-lit and replace any burned-out bulbs.
• If you are out in a car, drive slowly, watch for children and exit driveways with care.

Most of all have a fun Halloween!!!

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