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Safety tips to remember before trick-or-treating tonight

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It's finally time for trick-or-treating, but before you start getting your costumes on to head out the door tonight, here are some important safety tips to remember.

  • Discuss traffic rules with your kids before you head out trick-or-treating

"Kids get excited and they need to make sure that if they are crossing the street to do it at the corners and to make sure that they are looking both ways before they cross. The motorists in the area need to make sure they are paying attention and probably driving a little slower," said Officer Sam Clemens with the Sioux Falls Police Department.

  • If you're outside after dark, make sure you're still visible to drivers

"Make sure they have flash lights and if you have to add those little flashlights to their costumes or those glow sticks are really handy for that because they are excited so we want to make sure everybody sees them so it's an added layer of security for that," Division Chief Jeff Helm with Sioux Falls Fire & Rescue.

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone; walk in groups or with a trusted adult
  • Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Before you get into costume, test any makeup or face paint on a small area of skin for any kind of allergic reaction.
  • Don't wear over-the-counter decorative contacts with your costume. Any colored contact should be prescribed by an Optometrist
  • Wear lots of layers, gloves and hats with costumes
  • Make sure you're wearing flame-resistant, well-fitting costumes, masks and shoes to avoid trips or falls.
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries
  • When it comes to candy, parents should go through trick-or-treating bags to make sure all candy is unopened and safely packaged before allowing kids to eat any.
  • If a child has allergies, be sure to read the labels before giving them new candy
  • Parents should monitor just how much candy kids are eating over the next few days.

"It's a holiday so I think its ok for them to have some of that candy. I think maybe trying to have some dispersed throughout the family where maybe you eat some and dad and other kids and then maybe having one for a snack in the afternoon and one in the evening is ok. Just not allowing them to just sit down and eat that whole bag of candy at one time," said Dr. Kimberly Hanseen, DO, a Family Practice Doctor at AVera McGreevy.

  • Dentists recommend brushing teeth after eating candy; even rinsing out your mouth with some water will help wash away some of the sugar
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