GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - 11 News has tips to keep your children safe this Halloween, including things to keep your porch free of danger.
Experts say you should always check your childrens' trick or treat bags for any potentially harmful candy. This could include any candy that is not fully wrapped, home made treats, fruit, torn or old wrappers, and any candy that could have been tampered with.
For safe costumes, wear comfortable shoes, carry a flashlight, and make sure any mask does not cover the face or feet. This could cause a child to fall and hurt themselves.
Heather Benjamin with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office says, "If their children have costumes where they cant see and maybe fall down. They could maybe have a broken bone or scrape or things like that because their costume is too cumbersome for them to actually walk and function properly."
Also, the following are tips for making your walkway and front porch welcoming and safe for children.
1. Turn on your porch light.
2. Use glow sticks to light Jack o' Lanterns, instead of candles. Candles could cause a fire if a trick or treater knocks up against them.
3. Remove cords and anything blocking the sidewalks.
4. Make sure no ice or snow is on the sidewalks causing it to be slippery.
And remind children to never go in a stranger's house, even if they ask you to wait inside while they grab some extra candy. Experts say you can never be too cautious.