Halloween Safety Tips

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Between taking candy from strangers, walking in the streets at night, costumes and candles, there are quite a few opportunities for dangerous situations to arise on Halloween night.

WBOY spoke with a Fairmont police officer to get tips on how to make sure your Halloween is all treats and no tricks.

1. Costumes.

From goblins to ghouls to pop stars, there will be a wide variety of creative ideas, but not all of them will be easy to see in the dark.

“If the costumes not brightly colored especially in low-light conditions maybe glow sticks, flashlights,” said Sgt. Sam Murray, Fairmont Police Department.

2. Traffic.

“Accompany small children, older children should travel in groups,” Murray said.

“There is an increase nationally in collisions with children trick-or-treaters.”

3. Candy.

Parents, you’ll want to give your kids’ treats a quick once over before they eat them.

“Obviously any punctures, if it’s loosely wrapped,” Murray said. “Things to look out for especially with smaller children would be chocking hazards. Parents should avoid any homemade treats.”

In order to ensure you have time to give the candy a once-over…

“Maybe feed their children or provide them with a treat prior to leaving. That way the children, especially small children aren’t sneaking treats while they’re trick-or-treating, less tempted to get in there before parents have an opportunity to examine it,” said Murray.

4. Bonus Tips.

Stay in neighborhoods you’re familiar with. Communicate with older children about their trick-or-treating route. Make sure your child’s costume is well fitting in order to avoid contact with any jack-o-lantern flames.

Happy Halloween!

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