Halloween Safety

A few reminders this Halloween include remain visible and be aware of your surroundings

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Halloween is Wednesday, and health experts have some tips to make sure your little goblin or witch remains safe.

Some general safety reminders this Halloween have mostly to do with visibility and costumes.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says parents should make sure costumes are bright, reflective and short enough to prevent tripping. Since masks may limit eyesight, experts suggest using nontoxic makeup or decorative hats instead. Parents are also advised to steer clear of decorative contact lenses, for they may cause eye damage.

The Rapid City Police Department encourages spooky or superhero characters to be visible when going door-to-door getting their loot of treats. Even using glowsticks will help you stand out to drivers.

The RCPD encourages all drivers to keep their eyes peeled and pay extra attention  Wednesday night.

Ralph Dupres, a patrol officer with the RCPD, says, “It’s pretty important to use the sidewalk and use the crosswalks when they cross the street – use reflective wear … make sure not to cross the street in between cars, because that makes visibility issue for cars driving on the road.”

If you are carving pumpkins this week, experts say kids should not do any of the carving.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say Halloween is the fourth busiest holiday when it comes to hand injuries, and nearly a third of those injured are 10-14 years old.

Experts also say parents should stick to the pumpkin carving kits, since they are safer than kitchen knives.

Click here for more safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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