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Everyone stay safe on Halloween

Published 10:37am Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Updated 12:38pm Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween is a pretty exciting time for kids, and that’s understandable. It’s the one night of the year where it’s perfectly acceptable to knock on a stranger’s door dressed as Spider-Man and ask for candy. While it can be a fun time, it’s important to stay responsible and safe while trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are four times more likely to be in fatal pedestrian accidents on Halloween than on any other night of the year. Make sure children are with an adult while trick-or-treating, and try to keep costumes bright or reflective. Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight on hand, and try to stick to well-lighted neighborhoods.

The CDC recommends parents keep an eye out for scary treats. Home-baked goodies from strangers are usually a bad idea.

The CDC offers several other quick tips. Make sure costume swords and knives are soft, short and flexible. Stay away from decorative contact lenses to lower the risk of serious eye injury. Never accept a ride from a stranger.

Halloween isn’t necessarily a dangerous night, but it’s important to take precautions to make sure everyone stays safe and has a lot of fun.

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