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Halloween safety tips make for a 'boo'tiful night

by Donald J. Washington
6th Air Mobility Wing Safety Office

Parents, there's no doubt in my military mind that your kids have informed you several times by now, "Halloween is coming!

Halloween is coming!" It's that time of year again and kids are losing their collective minds with the thought of filling their bags with goodies supplied by neighbors from almost every home in the neighborhood.

It's going to be a fun time, but remember, it could be a scary time for kids if you are not mindful of the dangers that lurk around them. With that in mind, let's go over some safety tips to make this Halloween a "BOO" tiful time for the children.

You and your children should know in advance the route they will be taking. (If not, your children can end up across town if you aren't watching!)

Small children should be accompanied by an adult. Don't trust a big kid to be responsible for your child. (Can you imagine Bart Simpson in charge of the group?)

Instruct kids not to eat any candy until they get home, so can you inspect the cache first. (Better to be safe than sorry, plus you get to pick your favorite candy out.)

Be careful and watch for unattentive drivers when crossing streets. (The Batmobile could be out on the prowl.)

Walk; do not run, from house to house. (I have yet to see a house outrun a child.)

Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. (You don't want children to be caught like deer in headlights.)

Do not cross yards where unseen objects or uneven terrain can present tripping hazards. (Snakes are out there too!)

Never let your children trick or treat alone! (Good little ghost and goblin travel in packs.)

Choose bright colors or add reflective tape to costumes. (Kids should be seen and not…well, you know the rest.)

Finally, costumes should not be a hazard to children. Make sure they can see where they are going and the costume design allows them to walk without tripping or falling. (The Mummy can appreciate that tip.)

There is a Halloween curfew for all ghouls and ghoulettes under 17 years of age on MacDill. The 6th Security Forces Squadron's "Pumpkin Patrol" will be in full force Halloween night and will be vigilant to ensure all little vampires and zombies are safely in the house by 9 p.m.

Now, for our older witches and warlocks out chasing the moon, please don't drink and "fly." (you know what I mean.) Maintain a good balance on those brooms so you too can land safely home. The staff of the 6th AMW safety office encourages all kids, big and small, to have a safe and happy Halloween.

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