(WLNS) – The StormTracker 6 meteorologists are looking forward to nice weather for trick-or-treating next Monday.
And with that nice weather comes a lot of very excited kids who might not have safety on their minds.
Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth has some safety reminders for parents and children for before and during their trick-or-treating adventures.
- Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping. Masks should not be too restrictive with adequate holes for proper respiration and peripheral vision. Consider using cosmetics to create fun or scary faces instead of masks.
- Be careful around pets. Children is costumes may be difficult for pets to recognize and they can become frightened. Pets might also be scared of props like swords or daggers that could be part of costumes.
- Avoid hard plastic or wooden props, opting instead for items made of foam rubber which is soft and flexible.
- To help make the child more visible after dark, trick-or-treaters should carry a brightly colored bag and a flashlight or glow stick. Add reflective tape to the sides, front, and back of the child’s costume.
- Always watch for traffic and avoid walking in the street whenever possible.
- An adult should always accompany young children. A parent should stay within close range of young children at all times and children should never be allowed to go down a street alone. Walk with your children to each house and wait near the porch or front entrance of the home until they return.
- Older children should travel in pairs or in groups at all times while trick-or- treating and never venture down a dark, empty street.
- Parents should know the route that their children are following. Children should always walk together to the front door of each house and only cross the street at crosswalks.
- Avoid dark, unlit homes.
- Children should save their candy until they get home so parents can inspect it. Discard any unwrapped or suspicious looking goodies. If your child does get sick, call your family doctor or the hospital emergency room immediately and save all wrappers. It is also helpful to determine what he or she ate and which house it came from.
- Keep flammable items, such as your jack-o-lantern, away from small children, pets, and flammable materials such as draperies, furniture, and paper decorations. Never leave a candle burning unattended.
Halloween is Monday and local hours have been set in many areas. Trick-or-treating hours are between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the following locales:
- Meridian Township
- East Lansing
- Delta Township
- Grand Ledge
- Delhi Township