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The Suburbanite
  • Trick or Treats safety tips

  • Children and adventurous adults will soon knock at your door to beg for a treat.

    According to Summit County, the little beggars begin their efforts in mid-October.

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  • Children and adventurous adults will soon knock at your door to beg for a treat.
    According to Summit County, the little beggars begin their efforts in mid-October.
    The office of Consumer Affairs suggests that you check your city, village or township Web site for the dates in your area for Trick or Treat. The Summit County Web site, www.co.summit.oh.us/conaffairshelpLinks.htm has a list of community Web sites.
    Consumer Affairs also offers these safety tips to ensure a safe and fun time:
    • Keep jack o’ lanterns and other decorations containing lighted candles away from doorsteps and walkways where costumes can touch them and catch fire.
    • Indoor jack o’ lanterns should be kept away from curtains, decorations and other furnishings that could be ignited.
    • Make or buy costumes that are light and bright or apply reflective tape on costumes for better visibility to motorists.
    • Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping and falling and be sure that you wear sturdy shoes for walking.
    • Swords, knives and other similar costume accessories should be made of soft or flexible materials.
    • Do not obstruct vision, consider face paint or costume makeup if hats, masks or wigs are used make sure they are tied on well and fit well to prevent them from slipping over children’s eyes.
    • Carry flashlights to see and be seen.
    • Look both ways before crossing the street and cross at street comers. Do not run between parked cars or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture and clotheslines present dangers.
    • Visit homes with porch lights on.
    • Adults should accompany smaller children.
    • Remind children not to eat any candy before coming home. Parents should carefully examine all treats for signs of tampering and discard anything not sealed or in its original packaging.