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EDITORIAL: Trick or treat safely

— With Halloween right around the corner, now is a good time for parents to discuss safety measures with their children prior to heading out for a night of fun.

Self-defense expert Jim Andrello of Impact Martial Arts & Fitness in Baldwinsville offers the following Halloween safety tips:

  • Never go trick or treating alone; always use the buddy system
  • Trick or treat in groups of three or more friends and family
  • Make sure to stay on your pre-agreed route; no shortcuts
  • Only visit areas that are well lit; look for the lights
  • Never enter a strangers home; stay at the door
  • Wear bright costumes that are easy to see
  • Carry a flashlight with extra batteries
  • Carry only flexible swords, knives and other props
  • Eat dinner before you go out
  • Never eat candy that has been opened; have your parents inspect all candy at home
  • Follow the rules of the road; look before you cross the street
  • Always walk, don’t run; you can’t trick or treat if you get hurt
  • Wear comfortable shoes that you can walk in
  • Stay away from homes with dogs and other animals you don’t know
  • Wear a watch you can read in the dark; know when to go home
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