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Red Cross offers Halloween safety tips

As children roam the streets across the North Country this Halloween, the American Red Cross reminds parents Halloweens greatest hazards arent vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and automobile collisions. Here are some basic safety tips to keep little ghouls and goblins out of harm's way: Map out your route ahead of time Bring a flashlight Don't visit homes of people you don't know and stay off lawns out of respect to property owners Use face paint instead of masks, which can obscure vision Wear light-colored clothing that can be seen in the dark and use reflective tape on bikes, skateboards and brooms Stay on sidewalks when trick-or-treating do not walk in streets and avoid crossing between parked vehicles or poorly-lit areas Look both ways when crossing streets and cross from the corner for additional safety Be careful of candles and other open flames as many costume materials are flammable Use a glow stick instead of a candle when creating jack-o-lanterns Don't approach strange animals Have an adult inspect your candy when youre done trick-or-treating, removing open packages and choking hazards before eating For a detailed list of Halloween safety tips for motorists, parents and homeowners, visit www.redcross.org .

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