Tips for trick-or-treat safety this Halloween

Keeping kids safe this Halloween

The pumpkins are carved. The costumes are prepped. But before parents head out with their little ghosts and goblins, there are a few things to know to keep them safe on Halloween.

Twice as many kids are killed, on average, while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.

With so many kids expected to walk through neighborhoods, there are steps parents and drivers can take to keep them safe on Oct. 31.

But good news -- there are things any parent can do to make sure their kids have a spooky, but not-so-scary, Halloween.

Tips for safe trick-or-treating:

1. Make sure costumes are visible. Add reflective tape or stickers, use light colors when possible.

2. Can your kid see? We love elaborate costumes, but covering a child's face with a mask or costume accessory means they may not be able to see approaching traffic. Consider using face paint instead.

3. Not too big, not too tight, make sure their costume is just right. Just like Goldilocks, your kids will be happiest if their costumes fits well and it doesn't restrict their movement. This will help them avoid injuries.

4. Light it up. Kids and adults should carry flashlights and glowsticks to make them more obvious to drivers and to light the way.

5. Follow the rules of the road (sidewalk). If you're out trick-or-treating, stick to sidewalks, cross the street in crosswalks or at corners, and make sure you're looking both ways before crossing.

5. Make sure kids are supervised. Kids  shouldn't be out alone. And everyone should try to stick to well lit areas.

6. Know peak trick-or-treating times. Drivers on the road between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. should be especially alert. This is when most kids are out knocking on doors.

7. Slow and steady driving keeps them safe. If you're on the road at trick-or-treating time, drive slowly, take extra time at intersections, and enter and exit driveways carefully.

"If  you feed your kids, less likely they will go into their stash, and starting eating candy before you can look at the candies," said Lieutenant David Rosado, Chesapeake Sheriff's Office.

Patient First is offering to X-ray candy at all its locations until 9 p.m. Halloween night.  Rosado tells 13NewsNow some local courthouses might even let families check their candy.


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