County Health Department offers Halloween Safety Tips
By Bruce W. Dixon, M.D., Director Guillermo Cole, Public Information Officer
The Allegheny County Health Department offers the following safety tips for children when they go trick-or-treating on Halloween.
- Never let kids under 10 go trick-or-treating or cross the street without the supervision of an adult or older sibling. Advise kids not to run while trick-or-treating.
- Cross streets only at crosswalks and intersections, preferably with traffic lights. Look left, right and left again before crossing. Never dart out into the street or from between parked cars.
- Wear costumes light or bright enough to be visible at night. Decorate costumes, bags and sacks with reflective tape or stickers.
- Go trick-or-treating in familiar areas and along pre-established routes. Only visit homes which have their porch or outside lights turned on.
- Warn children never to enter a home or apartment building unless with an adult.
- Attach name, address and phone number inside clothing of children under 12.
- Remove breakable items and obstacles such as tools, ladders and toys from your own lawn, steps and porch. Keep jack-o-lanterns lit with candles away from trick-or-treaters whose costumes might brush against the flame.
- Tell children to bring their treats home before eating them. Check treats carefully for signs of tampering, especially fruit. Cut open and examine any piece of fruit before eating it.