Keep it Safe

On October 31, small, strange creatures may dot our roads, creeping up to homes with large bags, dashing from one place to another, often forgetting about passing cars and trucks. Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative reminds you to drive carefully to keep Halloween a safe, special treat. When preparing youngsters for trick-or-treating, be mindful of these suggestions from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Ensure the costume fits properly and doesn’t hinder the child’s vision. Consider face makeup instead of masks, and buy only flame-resistant or flame-retardant costumes.

For greater visibility, trim costumes and bags with reflective tape.

Have children carry flashlights so they can see and be seen.

Swords, knives and costume accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.

Examine treats carefully before allowing children to eat the sweets.

Keep candles and jack-o-lanterns away from landings and doorsteps, so costumes don’t brush against the flames. Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches.