Learn how to have a safe Halloween - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/30/09

Learn how to have a safe Halloween

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By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Ghosts and goblins will hit the streets of Lubbock, but there are some things you will want to keep in mind to keep your little monsters safe.

Parents should try to avoid buying masks, because they can block vision as kids are walking across streets. In place of a mask, you can use non-toxic paint, but make sure to read the warning labels on the package.

If the costumes have dresses or capes, make sure the kids can walk safely up and down stairs and over curbs without falling. Also try to stay away from dark clothing, or use reflective tape.

"We see a lot of trip and fall type injuries, and nationwide the most common injury is kids walking out in traffic and not being seen," said UMC Pediatrician Director of Emergency Services John Haley.

The biggest thing is to check the candy, your kid's gets from strangers.

"Pretty much we end up at home with a bucket full of candy and we eat our own candy that we've bought, we do eat some candy we've gotten from friends," said babysitter Amy Phipps.

Doctors say it's important to eat a big meal so kids aren't tempted to eat the candy before being checked. Also make sure you keep an eye on small children.

"We're going to all stay together, no one's going to be apart, we're going to take some flashlights and we're only going to go to the houses where we know our neighbors," said Phipps.

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