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Halloween Safety: Be Prepared

Avoid injuries and accidents this Halloween with these safety tips.
 

Before heading out for the Halloween festivities, there are some safety precautions that everyone can benefit from. This includes people on the road, parents and especially children out on the street.

The low temperatures and rain in Thursday’s forecast doesn’t look like it will interrupt any outdoor festivities.

"I was militant and my wife is militant. My kid is pretty tough so we'll probably just gut through it and walk through the rain," said Sam Stamets about the Halloween forecast. Despite the forecast a night of safe trick or treating at outdoor mall Jefferson Pointe will also continue.

"It will come rain or shine we will do trick or treat here at Jefferson Pointe. Just bring your umbrellas," said Katrina Newman, marketing manager for Jefferson Pointe.

As children prepare to put on their costumes and go door to door, Michael Joyner with the Fort Wayne police department says everyone should know that a safe Halloween means for a happy Halloween. 

“Kids are gonna be kids, motorists have to adjust,” said Joyner.

Joyner says it’s important for everyone to be vigilant this Halloween to avoid any injury or accidents.

Before allowing children to go out, it’s important that they are dressed in bright colors and carry a flashlight. It’s important to have an adult present, but if not, travel in large groups of five or more. When it comes to treats...

"If it looks like it's been tampered with don’t eat it, if it's homemade, discard it," said Joyner.

Joyner says to be cautious of what falls into treat bags because accepting gifts from strangers on any other calendar day is not recommended. Official trick or treat hours in Allen County are from six to eight in the evening.

 Safety Tips:

Candy Safety:

·          Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.

·          Trick-or-treaters should eat a snack before heading out, so they won’t be tempted to nibble on treats that haven’t been inspected.

·          Tell children not to accept—or eat—anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.

·          Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.

·          Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers.  

·          Costume Safety:

·          Make sure it fits. Do a Halloween Runway Show with your kids - or even yourself - to make sure the costume offers full mobility and trim as needed

·          "Seeing" works both ways. While we're on the subject of fitting the costume, consider how well the child can see inside the mask. Sometimes, a couple snips can clear out a larger range of vision. Consider how well your child can be seen at night in their costume. Make sure your child can be seen by motorists, haunted house owners, and other Trick-or-Treaters after dark.

·          Consider the footwear. Many kids have been forced to turn back for home with far less than the annual candy quota because of pain or because they have tripped or fallen in their Halloween costume shoes. 

Weather:

·          Anticipate adverse weather conditions.

Final Thoughts:

·          Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

·          Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.

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