Hamilton County Health Department provides Halloween safety tips

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Halloween night means kids have time to pull out tricks or treats.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 traffic safety educator from Hamilton County, said the dangers included: “There is an increase in foot traffic. The kids are excited and can move around unpredictably, and the drivers are always home from work, as it’s a Monday this year.

With these thoughts in mind, now is the time to make sure your family is ready to celebrate safely. Clark suggests that “you need to talk to your kids about safety rules and safe pedestrian behaviors, like looking before crossing the road. Make sure costumes are reflective, fit well, and use makeup instead of masks, as masks can fall over their eyes and obscure their vision of their children. Children also have a light source with them, such as a flashlight, glow stick, reflective tape, stickers. Clark also mentions that this also applies to parents who dress up.

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

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

The Department of Health suggests that cheaters or caterers complete their candy collection missions by 9:30 p.m. As always, have fun and be safe on Halloween night!

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