Hamilton County Health Department Gives Halloween Safety Tips

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Halloween Night means time for the kids to head out trick or treating.But being outside in the dark comes with safety concerns.

The Hamilton County Health Department wants you to consider some of the dangers present on Halloween night. Holly Clark, a Hamilton County Road Safety Educator said that dangers included, “There is increased foot traffic. Children are excited and may move in unpredictable ways, and drivers are still coming home from work, because it is on a Monday this year.”

With these thoughts in mind, now is the time to make sure your family is prepared to celebrate in a safe way. Clark suggests that, “You need to talk to your children about the safety rules and safe pedestrian behaviors like looking before you cross the road. Make sure the costumes are reflective, well-fitting, and use makeup instead of masks because the masks can fall over their eyes and obscure their vision of their children. Also kids having a light source with them either a flashlight, glow stick, reflective tape, stickers.” Clark also mentions this applies to parents who dress up in costume as well.

There are additional tips if you live in a neighborhood that is not well-lit. Clark further suggests that, “Definitely go in a group, definitely use flashlights, the glow sticks, and make sure it is a well-known neighborhood that you know where you are going, and you don’t go in somebody’s house that you don’t know.”

Safety rules extend to those giving out candy. “A well lit porch is always a welcome sign.”, Clark said.”No decorations obscuring the walkway. No open flames for children to touch.”

The Health Department suggests that trick or treaters wrap up their candy collecting missions before 9:30 p.m. As always, have fun and be safe on Halloween night!

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