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Safety tips for trick-or-treating

If you are a Louisville parent who will be trick-or-treating this year, you may want to check out some safety tips provided by the Kentucky State Police for a safer Halloween experience for all.

  • Make sure that kids' costumes are well-fitting and present no tripping hazards. Materials should also be flame retardant.
  • Costumes should be light-colored and/or have reflective tape attached.
  • Consider using face paint instead of buying masks that make seeing and breathing difficult.
  • Teach youngsters basic traffic safety rules before turning them loose to trick-or-treat.
  • Instruct kids not to dart back and forth across the street. Instead, go up one side and down the other.
  • Only use sidewalks and walkways between houses. Don't take shortcuts across the grass.
  • Use sidewalks whenever possible. If you must walk in the road, face the traffic.
  • Walk -- don't run -- between homes.
  • Only cross the street at corners and crosswalks.
  • Don't let your kids eat any candy until you've inspected it.
  • Carry flashlights or glow sticks to make yourselves visible.
  • Give jack-o'-lanterns with candles burning in them a wide berth.
  • Some residents don't celebrate Halloween, so only knock or ring the bell at homes with porch lights are lit.
  • Never go inside a home when trick-or-treating. If asked to step inside, leave immediately.
  • Don't talk to strangers.
  • Don't pet dogs you encounter that you don't already know.

If your child winds up injured while trick-or-treating this Halloween, understand your rights. You as parents will need to take certain steps to preserve the right to seek compensation for any injuries and damages.

Source: KFVS 12, "Halloween safety tips for kids, parents and homeowners," Jasmine Adams, Oct. 24, 2017

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