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Crime Tracker: Halloween Safety Check List

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KHQ.COM - Trick-or-treaters will fill the streets on Halloween. Statistics show that kids are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year. Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller and Safe Kids Worldwide offer the following tips on how to keep your kids safe when they head out the door:

1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child's vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.

2. Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

3. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

4. When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. To learn more about how to keep your trick-or-treaters safe, visit SafeKids.org.

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