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Halloween safety tips

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Safety reminders from Golder Ranch Fire District, Safe Kids Pima County and Arizona Fish and Game Department want trick-or-treaters and parents to know before they start their evening of fun.   

Top safety tips for kids from Safe Kids Pima County:

-Costumes can be both creative and safe. The most important thing is to make sure you can be seen by drivers. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obstruct vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible. 

-Carry glow sticks or flashlights to see better, as well as be seen by drivers. 

-Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 

-Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street. 

-Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. 

-Slow down and stay alert - Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and don't dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars. 

For more tips on how to help kids become safer pedestrians on Halloween, and throughout the year, visit www.safekids.org and visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SafeKidsPimaCounty.

Here are a few tips, from the Golder Ranch Fire District that adults should also remember:   

-Extinguish all candles before leaving home. 

-Make sure trick or treaters are wearing some type of reflective material or clothing with their costume, so they are easily seen by others, drivers in particular; glow sticks might work well in this case. 

-Carry a flashlight to light the way and a cell phone for emergencies.

-Use the buddy system while going door to door; an adult should accompany trick or treaters of all ages on their trick or treating adventures. 

-Trick or treat in well-lit neighborhoods that are familiar. 

-Candy should be reviewed by an adult at the end of the night to make sure that there is nothing that may be contaminated, trigger a food allergy, become a choking hazard and otherwise be unsafe to eat.

-CALL 911 in case of an emergency. 

Motorists should also be extra cautious on Halloween and remember that there may be more people out and about in their neighborhoods trick or treating. 

Top safety tips for drivers:

-Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

-Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. 

-Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

Safety measures also extend to wildlife, as Arizona Game and Fish officials remind the public about Halloween decorations and wildlife in the area.  

Many seasonal decorations like jack-o-lanterns, gourds or squash attract wildlife when they are displayed outside.  AZGFD officials recommend putting displays with these seasonal vegetables inside, on a window ledge, to be seen from the outside.  This way the display will not attract unwanted wildlife to the area; they should also be properly disposed of in the garbage after the holidays.  

The public is reminded that it is illegal, according to state law (A.R.S. 13-2927) to feed wildlife in Pima, Maricopa, and Pinal Counties. The exception is birds and tree squirrels which are rare at lower elevations. The max penalty is a $300 fine.

For tips on minimizing conflicts with wildlife please go online to www.azgfd.gov/urbanwildlife.

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