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2022 Halloween safety tips


Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids, but a worrisome one for parents. Here are some tips to make this 2022 Halloween a great night for everyone.
• Make sure the path to your door is clear, welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and turn on any exterior lights.
• Take a few minutes to be visible in your neighborhood to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief, and crimes against children.
• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to Law Enforcement immediately. In Wagoner County call 911 or 918-485-3124.
• Do not give unwrapped treats to children.
Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be on the alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.
Make sure your kids dress up safely
• Make sure costumes are flame retardant so children aren't in danger near burning candles in decorative pumpkins.
• Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps in the night.
• Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable, and they can obstruct vision, a dangerous thing when children are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
• Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
Make trick-or-treating trouble free
• Create a map of a safe trick-or treating route and set a time limit for your children to "trick-or-treat".
• Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups, so they aren't a possible target for any criminal acts. Parents should accompany young children.
• Make sure older kids trick-or-treat with friends. Together, map out a safe route so you will know where they are going. Tell them to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
• Try to get your kids to trick-or-treat while it's still daylight out. If it's dark, make sure someone has a flashlight, add reflective tape to costumes and bags, and pick well-lighted streets.
• Do not go inside anyone's home. Remain on the porch at all times.
• Do not accept rides from strangers and be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or unoccupied.
• Remind kids to keep a safe distance from moving cars.
• Cross only at street corners, never between parked cars, and never diagonally across an intersection.
• Look in all directions before crossing the street and obey all traffic signals. Walk, never run, across the street, and use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.
• Do not take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.
• Do not eat any treats until parents have inspected them.
• Discard any unwrapped treats.
• Teach children how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
• Consider a less lethal option such as a pepper spray for any aggressive animals. There are no leash laws in the county jurisdiction areas of Wagoner County.
Check all treats before eating
• It's hard for kids to hold back from eating their treats until they get home. One way to keep trick-or-treaters from digging in while they're still out is to feed them a meal or a snack beforehand.
• Check out all candy in a well-lighted place when your trick-or-treater gets home.
• Only unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers. Don't forget to inspect fruit and homemade goodies for anything suspicious.
• Remind kids not to eat all that candy at once!
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