Keep children, pets safe on Halloween

October 31, 2009

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 31, 2009

During a night of such spooktacular events, know your limits and give children guidance, if they’re going out on their own.

Issaquah Police recommends these tips:

Have an adult go with you.

Plan a route and discuss it with family members and friends.

Carry a cellular phone if an adult isn’t going with you.

Accept treats at the door and never go into a stranger’s house.

If a stranger approaches you, run to the nearest house or tell an adult.

Carry a flashlight.

Walk while trick or treating; don’t run.

Look both ways before crossing the street and check for cars.

Cross the street at marked or lighted intersections.

Don’t hide or cross the street between parked cars.

Wear light-colored or reflective clothing

Use reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, scooters, jackets, and brooms or magic carpets.

Only visit homes that have a porch light on or have Halloween decorations lighted and on display.

When the ghouls get home, adults should go through their booty to make sure the treats are safe to eat.

Keep pets safe this Halloween, too

Halloween can be a festive and fun time of year for children and families; but for pets, it can be stressful and even dangerous. The Seattle Humane Society provides these tips to help keep your furry family members safe this season:

Keep pets inside

Keep your companion animals in a room away from the front door when trick-or-treaters are visiting. It is too easy for them to be frightened by the goblins and slip out the door.

Update identification

This is the perfect time to make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing up-to-date identification. Most veterinarians and shelters offer microchipping. If your pet is already microchipped, be sure the company has your current address and phone numbers.

Feed treats made for pets

Chocolate and other seemingly harmless ingredients can be poisonous to dogs and cats, so keep them out of reach. Dispose of wrappers where pets can’t get them to avoid choking. Also, remember that children may not understand why Fluffy can’t share their treats, so use this as a teaching opportunity.

Decorate with caution

Tail wagging is a good thing — unless it’s done near a lit candle! Keep candles and lit jack-o-lanterns at an appropriate height, where your pets can’t knock them over or get burned.

Keep costumes safe

A decorative collar is far more comfortable than a costume. The elastic in costumes can restrict circulation and restricted vision can lead to accidents. Loose-fitting costumes can become tangled, and small, dangling pieces can create a choking hazard. Make sure your pet thinks a costume is as much fun as you do before you dress him or her up for Halloween.

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One Response to “Keep children, pets safe on Halloween”

  1. KEL on October 31st, 2009 1:58 pm


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