News 12 This Morning / Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Halloween is here which means many of you will be hitting the streets for trick or treating, but there is some important safety information you need to know before you head out the door.
On Halloween trick or treaters fill the streets in all sorts of costumes, but its not all fun and candy.
"It can be very dangerous if you don't take the precautions," said father Scott Troup.
Halloween is filled with dangers and not just those in the haunted houses.
"Everybody has a responsibility in trick or treating," said Columbia county EMA director Pam Tucker. "The people who are in cars, the trick-or-treaters themselves and also the people in the homes who are giving out the treats."
First thing is to check the costumes. Make sure you're child isn't dressed completely dark in the dark.
"If you're the trick or treater, you want to wear reflective clothing," said Tucker. "You want to have flashlights and they make these little flashlights that you can wear around your wrist."
"There's a lot of costumes now going with the reflective stuff on there to help, but if the cars not shining on the reflector, that's not gonna benefit so having the flashlight, if nothing to shine on the ground so the cars can see," added Troup.
Costume stores like Halloween express in North Augusta carry lots of items that can keep your child safe.
"We have the glow sticks that you break and shake up and all and the kids can carry those and we also have a light up bracelet," said sales clerk Jennifer Lewis. "We have glow in the dark masks and things like that. We have Halloween bags with the reflective strips on them."
A few more precautions are to always have a buddy, only go to houses that are lit up, and always try to walk on sidewalks. If you are on the street make sure you are facing towards traffic. It's not just trick or treaters and their parents who need to be careful. Those driving on the roads need to take precautions as well.
"Some of these may dart across the road to go get this house or go to that house so be careful and cognizant of the fact that you may have darters coming out in front of you and just drive really really slow," said Tucker.
They say you should go trick or treating between 5:30 and 8:30 and try to stick to subdivisions, not out on main roads where there is a lot of traffic.
If you have older children who want to go without a parent there are a few things you can do to make sure they are safe. First make sure they are in a group and not by themselves. Also, make sure they have a cell phone with them for emergencies. On those cell phones, there are also a lot of apps out there that allow you to track their locations like "Find my Iphone", "Find a Friend, "Where's my Droid" and a lot more.