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Before you go: Trick-or-treat safety tips

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Before you take your kids out trick-or-treating this year, don't forget to discuss the importance of staying safe.

The Shelby County Office of Preparedness has a few tips and reminders to ensure everyone has a Happy Halloween:

  • Talk with your children about Halloween safety before you leave.
  • Lock doors, activate your alarm system, and keep the porch light on.
  • Charge your cell phone and take it with you. Don't leave it at home.
  • Keep decorations away from heat sources, such as candles, light bulbs, and heaters.
  • Move decorations and props away from doorways, porches, and sidewalks to avoid any accidents.
  • Use a battery-powered candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns.
  • Be seen! Wear light colored costumes and add reflective tape so your kids are visible to other people and vehicles.
  • Costumes, wigs and beards should be flame resistant.
  • Wear well-fitting shoes to avoid trips and falls.
  • Use non-toxic face paint instead of wearing a mask.
  • If children carry a prop such as a sword, purchase the flexible plastic or soft kind.
  • Try to be home before dark. If not, remember, be seen. Carry a flashlight or light stick.
  • Have an adult accompany younger children.
  • If older children go out without an adult, parents should know their route ahead of time, and agree on a time for them to be home. 
  • Walk in groups.
  • If walking, stay on the sidewalk and cross at the intersection only. 
  • Never dart out into traffic.
  • If driving, go slow and watch out for children and pets.
  • Adults should inspect treats before children eat them. Only eat factory wrapped treats.
  • If you notice suspicious behavior, alert authorities immediately.  Remember, if you see something, say something. 

For more information about Halloween safety, visit the United States Fire Administration at or the National Safety Council at

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