EPFD offers safety tips for Halloween
POSTED: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 7:17am
EL PASO (KTSM) — Many of people in El Paso will go trick-or-treating on Halloween and while it's all about fun, it's important to keep safety in mind.
Doctors said fractures are a leading cause of emergency room visits on Halloween.
"If the costume is too big, it's going to obstruct the vision, the view of the child, they could fall, trip," said Michael Ortiz with The El Paso Fire Department.
More than twice as many children were hit and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
To prevent an accident, flashlights help children see and be seen. Also, glow sticks and reflective tape help drivers see trick-or-treaters.
"Make sure there's some kind of reflective tape on the sleeves or on the back,” said Ortiz.
Adults should make sure they keep an eye on their children at all times, especially near streets.
"Do not dart out in front of the cars, especially when there are a lot of cars that are parked on the street,” said Ortiz. “Don't let the children get in between the cars and jump from one side of the street to the other."
Drivers need to be extra cautious as well.
"Please make sure drivers out there; please be extra careful with all the children out there during 5 p.m. to about 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.," said Ortiz.
When it comes to the candy, the El Paso Fire Department said only eat the candy if it's wrapped. Do not let your children eat homemade candy or baked goods.