Halloween is here and it's important to be reminded of some simple safety tips that we can use both as a trick-or-treater and someone who is out and about tonight. The New York State Police has a list of important safety tips for everyone this Halloween. First and foremost for young trick-or-treaters, it is important that they are doing so with an adult. It is also important that kids are more cautious than ever when crossing the street. They urge them to cross in crosswalks and walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, kids should walk facing traffic and as far left as possible.

State police also encourage trick-or-treaters to wear some type of reflective gear, even if reflective tape is applied somewhere on their costumes or goody bags. Masks can obstruct your view. You are urged to wear make-up instead.

Finally for those going house to house, you should carry a glow stick or a flashlight to see and been seen by drivers.

Drivers should be extra aware today and tonight. Give yourselves extra time and slow down in residential areas and neighborhoods. Take extra time to look all around for children in the roads and on the sidewalks. Slowly back out and pull into driveways. It is also recommended that you turn your headlights on early in the day to spot children trick-or-treating. The average hours children go door to door on Halloween are 5:30 to 9:30pm so be especially alert during these times.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

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