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ARTICLE_TEXT <p>Halloween is a fun time for kids and grown-ups alike. Jack-o'-lanterns&nbsp;wink at us from front porches and&nbsp;thoughts turn to costumes and candy corn. But along with all the treats that the season offers, it's wise to have a few safety tricks up your sleeve.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.dss.mo.gov/stat/safety/halloween.htm">Missouri Department of Social Services</a> offers the following advice:</p> <ul> <li>Stay in familiar neighborhoods/areas. Visit only homes with porch lights on.</li> <li>Stay on sidewalks. Don't walk in the street or across yards.</li> <li>Avoid costumes that make walking, general movement and seeing difficult.</li> <li>Trick or treat during a time period early in the evening.</li> <li>If after dark, carry a working flashlight.</li> <li>Wear costumes that are easily visible after dark or have reflective markings.</li> <li>Never leave children without adult supervision.</li> <li>Keep away from candles or open flames.</li> <li>Accept candy at doorstep. Never go into stranger&rsquo;s homes.</li> <li>Do not eat candy until it has been checked and approved by the supervising adult.</li> </ul> <p>For further pointers&nbsp;you might peruse helpful <a href="http://0-find.galegroup.com.www.coolcat.org/gtx/infomark.do?searchType=BasicSearchForm&amp;sort=DateDescend&amp;type=search&amp;tabID=T003&amp;prodId=ITOF&amp;queryId=Locale%28en%2C%2C%29%3AFQE%3D%28KE%2CNone%2C16%29halloween+safety%24&amp;version=1.0&amp;userGroupName=springfield&amp;source=gale&amp;infoPage=infoMarkPage ">articles and videos</a>*&nbsp;on Halloween safety in our online databases.</p>
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Health & Wellness

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun time for kids and grown-ups alike. Jack-o'-lanterns wink at us from front porches and thoughts turn to costumes and candy corn. But along with all the treats that the season offers, it's wise to have a few safety tricks up your sleeve.

The Missouri Department of Social Services offers the following advice:

  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods/areas. Visit only homes with porch lights on.
  • Stay on sidewalks. Don't walk in the street or across yards.
  • Avoid costumes that make walking, general movement and seeing difficult.
  • Trick or treat during a time period early in the evening.
  • If after dark, carry a working flashlight.
  • Wear costumes that are easily visible after dark or have reflective markings.
  • Never leave children without adult supervision.
  • Keep away from candles or open flames.
  • Accept candy at doorstep. Never go into stranger’s homes.
  • Do not eat candy until it has been checked and approved by the supervising adult.

For further pointers you might peruse helpful articles and videos* on Halloween safety in our online databases.


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