It's about more than candy: police agencies and firefighters across the valley are offering safety tips that Halloween to keep people safe -- from inspecting candy to staying safe on the roads. Courtney Griffin talks with firefighters about ways to make sure everyone stays safe this Halloween.
Parents are advised to plan a safe route and set a return time home for older kids, and to make sure they have a cell phone handy. Make sure they do not cut through back alleys, fields, or off the beaten path, and be sure kids stay in well-lit areas and never cross at street corners. People are safer trick-or-treating when they are walking in groups.
Adults should inspect all candy before giving it to children, and nobody should ever eat unwrapped candy items given away.
People should stay sober when driving, and never drink and drive. Motorists should be alert for children who are running or wearing dark costumes.
Costumes should be made of flame-resistant materials and should not include masks that obscure your vision or that could cause a child to fall. Trick or treaters should also carry a flashlight and, if possible, wear bright colors. Reflective tape added to costumes can make them safer.
Folks are advised to avoid using a cell phone unnecessarily when using a cell phone, and to make sure earphones are not keeping you from remaining alert to the sounds of moving vehicle, bicycles, animals or groups of trick-or-treaters.