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Police say Halloween safety is everyone's responsibility

LOWER MAINLAND (NEWS1130) – Staying safe this Halloween is everyone’s responsibility.

Local police are out with that and some other timely warnings for drivers and trick-or-treaters alike.

Constable Ian MacDonald with Abbotsford Police admits there is a lot to watch out for with kids darting back and forth from house to house.

“From a public safety standpoint, the numbers of people that are going to be out there [are] predominantly young people and that always dangerous blend of pedestrians in and around vehicles.”

He adds parents should always accompany their children while trick or treating and they should use their common sense.

“When the light is on, when there’s Halloween decorations, that’s the equivalent to a welcome mat,” explains MacDonald.

“When there are lights out or where you suspect that the household isn’t participating in Halloween, it’s best just to go to the next house.”

MacDonald adds parents should accompany groups of kids, and as always, check the candy out before letting them eat it.

He recommends children wearing something reflective in addition to their costumes or carry a flashlight.

An average of 130 people are injured in 90 crashes across the province on Halloween night, according to ICBC.