Halloween Safety Tips

By KBJR News 1

October 28, 2011 Updated Oct 28, 2011 at 5:54 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - With that however comes the need to make sure adults and kids alike are safe.

Fire dangers are some of the biggest concerns experts say adults should be aware of.

Experts say fires caused by open flames increase by 50 percent during the three day period around Halloween.

Fire officials say this is particularly dangerous as many costumes are made of non fire resistant and sometimes flammable material.

Making sure open flames are not left unattended, and perhaps even substituting battery operated candles for real ones can keep everyone safe.

Other safety issues arise when the sun goes down, and Patrol Captain Matt Markon with the Superior Police Department says unpredictable trick-or-treaters need to be wary when out on the streets.

"One of the biggest thing people see if they are out driving around when the trick-or-treaters are out is that a lot of kids will run across the street, just mid-block, or they're not looking for the other traffic that is out there," said Captain Markon.

Captain Markon reminds trick-or-treaters to use designated crossing areas when possible.

One of the simplest ways to make sure kids stay safe is to have a reflective marking on them, like easy reflective patches, carrying a flashlight, or even clipping a small light to the costume.