KSFY Morning News celebrates Halloween

Many trick-or-treaters visited KSFY Morning News Wednesday. Meteorologist Shawn Cable also joined in on the fun.

We hope you all have a safe Halloween. Here are some safety tips for Wednesday night from Sioux Falls Fire Rescue:

For Kids:
· Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
· Look left, right, and left again when crossing the street. Keep looking as you cross.
· Don’t dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
· Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
· Always walk on sidewalks. If the neighborhood has no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far left as possible.
· Always choose well-lit streets.
· Watch for cars that are turning or backing up out of driveways.
· Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
· Always walk and don’t run from house to house.
· Enter homes only if you are with a trusted adult.
· Never accept rides from a stranger.

Parents’ Safety Tips

· Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision.
· Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and choose light colors.
· Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
· Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
· When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
· When shopping for costumes, wigs, and accessories, look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame-resistant.
· Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
· Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

Home Safety Tips

· Remove from the porch and front yard anything that a child could trip over, such as garden hoses, toys, bikes, and lawn decorations.
· Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
· Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
· Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.

Drivers’ Safety Tips

· Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
· Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, in medians, and on curbs.
· Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
· Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
· Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, and turn your headlights on earlier in the evening to spot children from greater distances and to help them to notice your vehicle.
· Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., so be especially alert for kids during those hours.