Wednesday is Halloween, a day kids often look forward to going out in costume to trick-or-treat.
However, trick-or-treating can be dangerous.According to the State Fire Marshal’s office twice the number of kids get hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year.
Police recommend carrying light sticks and flashlights, traveling in groups, crossing the road at crosswalks, make sure children can see through any masks, and wearing costumes with reflective tape to make trick-or-treaters more visible to drivers.
You can also help children be safe by making sure your home is well lit with a clear path to the door, and making sure children don’t have trailing clothing on their costumes that may cause them to fall.
Additionally, if you have to walk in the street make sure you walk in the opposite direction of traffic so that cars can see you easily.
If you’re driving on Halloween be sure to drive slowly and watch for children who may not be using crosswalks or crossing at corners.
To prevent Halloween decorations from catching fire the State Fire Marshall’s office recommends using battery-operated tealights instead of real candles and making sure all parts of costumes are flame retardant.
When you get home the FDA recommends not letting children eat candy until you have had the chance to inspect it at home and to check the candy for signs of tampering such as discoloration, pinholes, or tears in wrappers.
You should throw away anything that looks suspicious.