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Treat Texas children to a safe Halloween
Houston County Courier - November 2008
AUSTIN - Texas drivers are asked to drive safely around areas where children are likely to gather this Halloween. And trick-or-treaters are asked to make sure they behave safely as well.
“We’re expecting more children and adults to be out on Halloween this year because it falls on a Friday. Slow down and watch for pedestrians. If you’re planning to attend a Halloween party, please designate a sober driver,” said Col. Stan Clark, interim director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“Pedestrians should make sure to look both ways before crossing a street, and they should choose costumes that will be easy for drivers to see,” Clark said.
Following these safety tips will help keep trick-or-treaters safe.
Have a safe costume:
* Avoid toy guns and knives – they could be mistaken for the real thing.
* Wear costumes that are light in color and short enough to avoid tripping.
* Wear shoes that fit.
* Place reflective material on the costume, so drivers can see you.
* Avoid masks – use face paint instead for better visibility and peripheral vision.
* Carry a flashlight.
Keep these tips in mind:
* Look both ways before crossing roadways. Always walk, don’t run.
* Cross the roadway at intersections and crosswalks when possible.
* Travel in groups with adult supervision.
* Do not enter the cars and homes of strangers. Avoid homes without visible porch lights.
* Make sure children know their home phone number and how to call 911 or their local emergency number if they have an emergency or become lost.
* Take all treats home for an adult to inspect before eating anything. Never eat unwrapped candy.