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Have a ghoulishly safe Halloween

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Halloween is quickly approaching and Schriever Air Force Base will soon be swarmed with monsters and mayhem.  Use these tips to survive the invasion.

1. "Don't fall on your own sword!" The Centers for Disease Control recommends costume accessories such as swords, knives and other accessories be short, flexible and soft. Also, attach reflective tape to costumes and bags so drivers can better see trick-or-treaters.

2. "Be afraid of the dark." In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics, all children and escorts should carry flashlights and fresh batteries.

3. No matter how cool it sounds, don't be human torches! The National Fire Protection Association recommends choosing costumes made of inflammable material and free of long trains that can catch on fire.

4. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggest all candy be inspected by parents before consumption. Non-commercially wrapped candy should be discarded.

5. "Don't come in." The National Safety Council urges parents to instruct children to never enter a stranger's home and only trick or treat in familiar and well-lit areas.

6. "Who's your buddy?" The National Crime Prevention Council advises ensuring older children trick or treat with friends and younger children be accompanied by an adult.

7. "Watch where you walk!" According to the Children's Hospital of Colorado, twice as many children are killed walking on Halloween than any other time of the year. Direct children to use sidewalks and designated paths and walkways when trick or treating. If none are available, they should face traffic when walking and stay as far to the left as possible.

8. "Set a curfew." The Mayo Clinic advocates, if parents will not accompany children, to discuss acceptable routes and curfew.

9. Pets like Halloween too, but not candy. Candy, especially chocolate, is toxic to cats and dogs. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suggests keeping pets away from pumpkins and decorative corn. While both are relatively nontoxic, they may cause stomach upset.

10. Be safe, have fun and if in trouble, call 911 or 567-3911 from base.
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