Ga. Authorities Offer Halloween Safety Tip

Posted at 1:08 PM, Oct 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-29 09:36:26-04

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Gwinnett County fire officials are teaming up with county police and Safe Kids Gwinnett to offer children, parents and drivers Halloween safety tips.

Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge says firefighters warn against using open flames as part of Halloween decorations, and flameless candles are a good alternative.

Police say children should trick-or-treat in groups, avoid dark and unlit areas and always carry a flashlight. Police say those who plan to dress up should also avoid including realistic toy weapons as part of their costumes.

Police also say drivers should exercise caution in residential areas and watch for children walking in the street or standing in the median.

Authorities say parents should also check candy wrappers for signs of tampering and discard unwrapped candy.