'Trick or treat!' Halloween safety tips

By: Sandrina Rodrigues/News 12 Digital

This Halloween stay safe while trick-or-treating, and make sure the treats are safe for your children with some simple tips.   

WHILE YOU'RE OUT REMEMBER:
According to State Farm, children are twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween night compared to other nights. Statistics show 23 percent of Halloween fatalities occur with children between the ages of five and eight, and 70 percent of accidents occur away from an intersection or crosswalk.

The National Highway Traffic Administration reports that 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 to 6 a.m. Nov. 1 is the witching hour when most people are killed in drunk driving crashes.

Always accompany young children; 

Use caution during the "scariest" hours between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.;

Stick to neighborhoods with sidewalks;

Use crosswalks;

Stick reflective tape to costumes and use flashlights for more visibility;

Make sure costumes and shoes fit correctly to prevent tripping. Masks can obstruct vision - instead, use face paint;

If an older child is venturing out without supervision - ask him/her to go with group, discuss route and curfew;

Drive slowly;

Practice extra caution at intersections and corners;

Pull in and out of driveways carefully;

Keep your home brightly lit;

Clear debris and other obstacles from your lawn, sidewalks and steps;

Opt for battery-operated candles in jack-o'-lanterns instead of candles;

Keep pets kenneled or in another room.

KEEP AN EYE ON THOSE TREATS:
Children shouldn't snack on treats until they're checked by a parent;

Tell children not to accept anything that isn't commercially wrapped;

Do not allow child to eat any home-baked goods;

Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering;

If your child has a food allergy, check label to ensure allergen isn't present;

Be aware of chocking hazards for young children - like peanuts, gum, small toys;

Try to ration treats for the days and weeks following Halloween.

Halloween Tips from the AAP

BE INCLUSIVE:
The Teal Pumpkin Project is raising food allergies awareness. You can be inclusive for all trick or treaters with the addition of trinkets and toys to your treats. If you want to learn more click here.

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