BRITT | Trick or Treating should be one of the great adventures of Halloween for children so when considering costumes, decorations and treats safety also needs to be a priority.
"We want to make sure that Halloween night doesn't become a real fright," said Denise Hiscocks, Director of Hancock County Health System's (HCHS) Community Health Department.
Before letting your trick or treaters hit the streets, make sure to follow these safety tips provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
• Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
• Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
• Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
• Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eaten at one time.
• Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.
• Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
• Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
• Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
• Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
• Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
• Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
• Only visit well-lit houses.
• Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Never accept rides from strangers.
• Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Most Hancock County communities also set a specific time for Trick or Treating to occur, so make sure you are aware of your city's schedule.