Tips for trick-or-treat safety

WASHINGTON – Halloween can be a fun night for kids and parents, but safety risks rise. For example, kids are twice as likely to get hit by a car, and four times more likely to injure themselves falling, on Halloween than on any other night of the year.

Prince William County Fire and Rescue offers some sensible safety tips compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to make trick-or-treaters more visible to drivers. And motorists should drive slowly; excited kids in costumes cannot be counted on stay on the sidewalks.
  • Kids should avoid trick-or-treating alone and walk in groups instead. Adult supervisors are recommended. A flashlight is a good idea.
  • Wear well-fitting masks and costumes to avoid blocked vision and falls. Homeowners should keep walkways well-lit and free of obstacles. If you’re using candles, keep them away from doorsteps, walkways, landings and curtains and never leave them unattended.
  • Halloween makeup is fun, but remove it before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.

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