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Halloween Safety Concerns and Liability Risks

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Trick-or-treating may just seem like a knock on the door asking for some candy, but parents need to pay extra attention to safety. Trick-or-treating may just seem like a knock on the door asking for some candy, but parents need to pay extra attention to safety.

KENNEWICK, WA -- Halloween is an exciting night for kids, but it can be a scary night for parents if they're not careful.

Trick-or-treating may just seem like a knock on the door asking for some candy, but parents need to pay extra attention to safety.

Police and even insurance agents want you to know Halloween can be a prime time for injuries or threats.

"It's dark first of all, kids are excited, they're running back forth in between cars and in and out of the street. It's very important that parents be with them to supervise them to make sure that no harm comes to them," said Mike Blatman, Kennewick Police Department.

Blatman says, adults should plan a route ahead of time, make sure their child's costume is safe so they don't trip and make sure it's something they can spot in a group of kids. Also, bring a flashlight and tell your children to watch for cars.

"If you're going into a neighborhood that you're not familiar with, take a look and see does it look like it's safe. If there's no lights on at the house, that's a pretty good sign that people are not participating in Halloween activities. Stay away form those types of locations," Blatman said.

You can also hit the Internet to find out if any sex offenders live in the neighborhood. But this might not always work, so be aware.

"The vast majority of sex offenders however are listed as transients so you don't know where they're at from day to day," Blatman said.

Homeowners should keep their properties safe so they don't risk getting sued. Insurance agents suggest clearing away tripping hazards like cords or fallen leaves.

"Halloween is the time when there are a lot of uninvited guests on your property. Normally, we know who is coming to our house. During Halloween you don't know who is going to come or what their abilities may be," said Micki McKinnon, State Farm insurance agent.

McKinnon suggests checking your homeowners insurance policy for your liability coverage.

But more importantly, you can avoid these situations by making your home safe for trick-or-treaters by keeping your home well lit and clear of hazards.

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