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Halloween Safety

A sweet night is expected by children Thursday night. But all that trick-or-treating can bring some Halloween dangers too.

Doctors say they see cuts, bruises and even broken bones in their emergency rooms. Many from children tripping and falling over their costumes.

Research also shows kids are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night. Flashlights, and reflective tape are recommended for more visibility.

As for all that candy, Dr. Allan Panter with Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva says avoid stomach aches by not overeating.

If you do not know the source of the food or the candy I would avoid it, he says.

Many fire departments are designating no car zones.

"We've got several streets in town closed down around the churches. There's neighborhoods that we block off that kids are kind of in a protected area where the traffic is not there," said Waynesville Fire Chief Joey Webb.

Kassie Phillips is taking her daughter trick-or-treating. 

"We always go to doors that have their lights on," said Phillips.

They expect to see pumpkins aglow. But at the end of the night, Chief Webb says to always make sure they're extinguished.  Flame resistant costumes are also recommended.

Chief Webb says be careful with pets, especially black cats. Keep your pets in because people are out looking to do mischievous things.

And experts say put cell phones away during trick-or-treating and keep heads up for added safety. 

By Rex Hodge

Follow Rex on Twitter @RexHodgeWLOS



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