As kids get ready for Trick-or-Treat, adults need to think about safety. Even if you don't have kids, you should take care of a few things before the little goblins pay you a visit. Glen Loyd with the Consumer Protection Department says you should clean up your yard and make sure you have a well-lit, safe entryway to your house. That way kids aren't tripping all over your garden hoses and rakes.
Also, Loyd says you'd be much better off having battery operated jack-o-lanterns rather candlelit pumpkins, which can be a fire hazard. For parents dressing up their kids, it's better to go with face makeup than a mask so kids can see where they are going. Also, Loyd says you should make sure costume fabric is light-colored and fire resistant, and short enough so the kids don't trip over it. Some safety features can be fun, too. For example, arm the kids with flashlights. Or, put reflective tape on the costumes.
Drivers also need to be aware of the meandering munchkins so nobody gets hurt, and parents should warn kids to avoid darting into the streets, stay on the sidewalks and avoid eating the treats until checked over by their parents.