Halloween Safety Tips

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

While kids have candy on their minds for Halloween, parents are worried about safety. We have tips from the experts on what to lookout for so your Halloween doesn't turn into a nightmare.

Drunk drivers, fire hazards and sex offenders are on the top of parents list of worries on Halloween night but Grand Junction Police say the biggest safety issue is traffic. Officers say this year could be more dangerous because Halloween falls on a Friday and more people will be out on the roads.

It's a mad rush at Mad Margaret's on 1st street as Tiffany Wilson does some last minute halloween shopping with her two kids.

While her 13-year-old daughter's biggest worry is what she'll wear, Tiffany is worried about all the "what if's."

"The crowds, who lives in the houses she is trick or treating at. is there something in the candy?"

Some tips from the experts.

The first worry on many minds, fire hazards.

"Don't try this at home," Grand Junction Fire Department PIO Mike Page said as he lit a Pirate costume on fire to demonstrate how flammable some costumes can be.

"Open flames and Halloween costumes are a bad combination," said Page.

He says kids wearing costumes with long sleeves, or sweeping robes should be extra careful. For parents--look at the labeling to see if the clothing is fire retardent. But if the worst were to happen Mike Page says to stop, drop, cover your face and roll.

The second scary thought--tainted candy.

Kate Porras with the Grand Junction Police Department says parents should check through kids candy and only eat it if it's wrapped. She says the biggest threat comes from traffic.
"Kids don't always pay attention so we need parents and drivers to be on the lookout," Porras told 11 News on Friday.

She says the more visible the better--use flashlights, glowsticks, reflective materials and light colored clothing.

And if you're driving the kids, turn on your hazards and lights.

"Accidents are rare but we want everyone to be prepared," said Porras.

Finally, parents are worried about sex offenders.

Some parents worry just whose door their children will be knocking on.

Grand Junction police say if you have questions, stop by or call.

Again police want to stress traffic safety as the number one concern, especially when a holiday falls on a weekend. AAA says the number of deadly crashes goes up 30% and nearly half of those will be alcohol related.

Officers are stepping up DUI patrols across Mesa County.

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