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Originally published: 2013-10-31 11:30:41
Last modified: 2013-10-31 11:31:26

Our View: No disguise for safety on holiday

All Hallow's Eve may center on children, and there are certainly tips and tricks our youngsters need to be aware of to ensure a fun-filled holiday, but adults and parents aren't left out of the festivities when it comes to safety. Indeed, their role is more important than ever.

A combination of dark walkways, face masks, less-than-reflective clothing and immature judgment will all conspire Thursday to work against even the best intentions that adults may have for the myriad youngsters who will be on the prowl for Halloween candy.

To help counter these holiday hindrances, it's important that homeowners who are open to trick-or-treating first place themselves in the position of the child who will be visiting their yards.

Haunted lawn decorations may add to the effect of a spooky night, but careful placement of those is vital for children who may have costumes that limit vision. Additionally, before the fun begins it's time to remove the flower pots, hoses and other stray objects that could beguile a child's path to your door.

Battery-powered lanterns are superior to candles (or tiki torches) when it comes to fire hazards to both yards and costumes, and all lighting, indoor and out, should carry the "UL" safety label.

Halloween is a fun tradition for many American families, but it's also one of the most dangerous. Statistically, the holiday competes with the Fourth of July and New Year's Eve for the most injuries and deaths. 

From pumpkin-carving lacerations to burns from flammable costumes, it's timely that everyone -- parents, adults and children -- do their parts to ensure a successful evening.