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Must-Read Halloween Safety Tips

Ways to keep your family safe.

Besides the zombies, witches and ghosts in your neighborhood, there are many dangers on Halloween night.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department has released safety tips to keep you and your family safe on Halloween night.

COSTUME SAFETY

  • Use makeup or face paint instead of masks. If masks are used, make sure they fit properly and have holes large enough around the mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Choose costumes marked “flame resistant.”
  • Make sure costumes are short enough to prevent tripping.
  • Wear light-colored clothing at night, or use reflective tape on dark-colored costumes.
  • Make props such as magic wands and swords out of cardboard rather than metal or wood.

TRICK-OR-TREAT SAFETY

  • Give and accept only wrapped or packaged candy.
  • Have children bring treats home for adult inspection before anything is consumed.
  • Accompany young children when they are trick-or-treating, and send older children in groups.
  • Start out in daylight and carry a flashlight for use when it gets dark.
  • Have children stay within your neighborhood and only visit homes you know.

Also, watch for flames from candles, pumpkins and other decorations along walking paths. Flowing costumes can easily blow into the fire. Not all costumes will be properly fire-resistant and could burn quickly.

DRIVER SAFETY

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
  • If you’re impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to report them by calling 911.
  • "Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk." If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Extra DUI Saturation Patrols will be looking for intoxicated drivers on Halloween night. In 2009, 48 percent of all Halloween night (6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) highway fatalities in the U.S. involved drivers with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“People spend hours and hours preparing their Halloween costumes and party plans,” said Deputy Wayne Howard of the Sheriff’s Department Traffic Bureau.    “But, too often, impaired drivers never plan ahead for a designated driver and end up making the roads a more dangerous place to be.”

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