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Keeping Your Trick-or-Treaters Safe

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With Halloween on Thursday, millions of children will hit the streets in search of as much candy as they can get their hands on.

In-fact, the U.S. Census Bureau recorded that in 2010, 41 million children between 5 and 14 did trick-or-treat. With that many children out in neighborhoods there's a few things you should do as parents, to make sure everyone has a safe and happy Halloween.

April Rabideaux, Sanford Children's Injury Prevention Coordinator, says first and foremost visibility is key.

"The nights are getting longer so kids are trick-or-treating a lot if not mostly in the dark, so you just want to make sure in addition to wearing a costume that's light colored, if at all possible you include a flashlight or glow sticks," said Rabideaux.

Second, is making sure your child's costume doesn't have any loose or hanging parts to it, that could make it a tripping hazard. Also, using non-toxic face paint is recommended instead of masks, that can limit and restrict vision.

Third, Reabideaux says that you should always check you child's candy before they dive in.

"Make sure all the original wrappings are there, that they're not opened, that they don't look worn or faded, anything that doesn't look like it's in original condition basically you just want to throw out," said Rabideaux.     

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