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10 tips to stay safe on Halloween

Megan Robinson, Staff Writer

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Halloween festivities has begun, and as you prepare for these activities, don’t forget to think about safety.

There are trick-or-treaters in residential areas, so use precaution when driving through those areas. Most severe vehicle/young pedestrian collisions happen between 4 and 8 p.m., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Here are a few more tips:

  1.      Avoid separating from your group.
  2.      Decrease your risk of serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
  3.      Test Special FX make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
  4.      Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
  5.      Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks downtown.
  6.     Reject rides from strangers or invitations to places you haven’t heard of.
  7.      Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers or any candy not wrapped.
  8.      Make costumes bright enough to be seen at night.
  9.      Designate a sober driver in advance if you are above the legal drinking age and intend to drink alcohol.
  10.  Avoid riding with a driver who has been drinking.

These tips will help your night run smoothly, and you will enjoy a happy, safe night.

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Megan Robinson is a senior writing for print and digital media major and public relations at Columbia College. She considers herself a foodie who loves...

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