Halloween safety tips

| March 2, 2016

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Following a few simple precautions can make it a safe and happy holiday. Older children trick-or-treating on their own should: Carry a cell phone, if possible. Go in a group and stay together. Only go to houses with porch lights on and walk on sidewalks on lit streets. Know to never go into strangers’ homes or cars. Cross the street at crosswalks and never assume that vehicles will stop. Carry flashlights with new batteries. Know when they are expected home. Go to homes in your neighborhood or to homes of people you know.

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