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Iowa City trick-or-treat safety tips

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Halloween is just around the corner, and the Iowa City Fire and Police Dept. wants to make sure that children stay safe while trick-or-treating this year. The hours for trick -or-treating in Iowa City is from dusk until 8 p.m.

• Avoid costumes with long, billowing fabric or those that drag on the ground.
• Make sure masks do not obstruct the ability to see or breathe, and are easy to get on and off. Cut out larger openings for eyes, nose, and mouth, if necessary.
• Have your children wear good-fitting shoes rather than costume footwear.

• Parents or guardians should accompany children when they're trick-or-treating, even if they're staying close to home. Instruct children to never enter a stranger's home.
• Trick-or-treat at homes in familiar neighborhoods, and only stop at homes where the porch light is on and the area is well-lit.
• Plan a trick-or-treat route in advance to look for any obstacles that might cause problems, such as broken sidewalks or construction projects. Remind your children not to cut across lawns or driveways, to avoid potential hidden obstacles and upset homeowners.
• Keep track of time and don't go past the posted end-time of 8 p.m.
• Don't let the kids eat any Halloween treats until they're brought home and examined by parents. Fruit that's been offered should be washed prior to eating. When in doubt, throw it out.

For more information, contact Police Sgt. Scott Gaarde at 319-356-5293 or or Fire Chief John Grier at 319-356-5256 or

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