Caution makes for safe and happy Halloween

From Staff Reports
The Halloween season is here when witches, super heroes, princesses and goblins will come calling after dark seeking the finest in holiday confections. Along with treats and fun, parents and adults should stress safety to children in preparing for tomorrow night's Halloween festivities. The American Red Cross urges parents to share these safety tips with their trick-or-treaters to ensure a happy and safe Halloween holiday.
* Plan your route and share it with your family
* Carry a flashlight
* Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible
* Cross the street only at corners and look both ways before crossing the street
* Don't hide or cross the street between parked cars
* Visit homes that have porch lights on
* Accept treats at the door and never go into a stranger's home
* Be cautious of strangers and animals
* Use face paint rather than masks or items that will cover eyes
* Stay away from open fires and candles (costumes can be extremely flammable)
* Have an adult inspect your treats before you eat them
* Do not eat candy if the package has already been opened.
The National Fire Prevention Association urges parents to purchase only costumes, wigs and props labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant. When creating a costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes in contact with heat or flame. Avoid billowing or long trailing features.