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By CHAD ABSHIRE

Staff Writer

Trick or treat takes place tomorrow, the night of Halloween itself, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. for both Mingo County and Pike County, Ky.

While its a fun time for pirates and robots to walk from door to door in the neighborhood and take candy from strangers for the only time during the year, caution should still be exercised for treater, treatee and everyone on the road.

Experts at the West Virginia Poison Center (WVPC) emailed a release to the Daily News, offering tips on how to stay safe and prevent poisonings in regards to candy received and costumes received.

When in doubt, throw it out, the WVPC said. Inspect Halloween candy before eating it and throw away all candy with wrappers that are faded, torn, unwrapped or partially wrapped. If children have dinner before heading out to trick-or-treat, they may be less likely to eat the candy before it is inspected.

Only eat homemade treats from people you know.

Do not store Halloween candy near medicine of any kind. Children can easily mistake medicine for candy.

Eating too much candy can cause stomachaches and diarrhea from an overload of sweeteners.

Small, hard pieces of candy can be a chocking hazard for young children. Throw away any candy that is not age-appropriate

The WVPC also said to not forget about pets during Halloween. Chocolate can be poisonous for dogs, as can sugar-free gum. Store candy where Fido or Fifi cant reach.

In regards to costumes, the WVPC said to only paint faces with paint labeled non-toxic and for use on the face. Glow sticks, glow necklaces, and glow bracelets are great as long as the liquid does not leak. Make sure glow products children are using are not leaking and that they do not put them into their mouths.

Fortunately, most exposures to these products can easily be managed at home.

Avoid the use of costume jewelry. Products made outside of the U.S. may contain lead which can be harmful if swallowed. If the decision to use costume jewelry is made, make sure it is intact before it is put on and after it is taken off. Do not let children suck on it or put it in their mouth. Do not allow children to play with it after Halloween is over.

Call the medical experts at the West Virginia Poison Center at 1-800-222-122 with questions regarding all Halloween poisoning concerns. If you suspect a poisoning, call the WVPC immediately; do not wait for symptoms to appear.

Carissa McBurney, Community Outreach Coordinator for the West Virginia Poison Center, said Halloween and trick-or-treating is a time of excitement for children. Unfortunately, many poisonings occur when a persons normal routines are disrupted.

Williamson Fire Chief Jerry Mounts also sent the Daily News his tips for how vampires and werewolves can be safe this year.

Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and dont run from house to house.

Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

Enter homes only if youre with a trusted adult.

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Avoid costumes made of flammable material

Provide flashlight to your trick or treater or glow stick as part of their costume

Use battery operated candle or flashlight in your jack-o-lantern

If decorating for any party do not use materials that are flammable and do not use candles.

And remember, both North and South Sunset Boulevards in Williamson are closed to vehicular traffic during the hours of trick or treat tomorrow.

Well be crowded in West End, Councilman Matt Thornsbury said at Thursdays Williamson City Council meeting. Please be careful.

We encourage the public to be safe. Take time to enjoy all the ghouls and goblins, Williamson Mayor Darrin McCormick said at the council meeting. And try not to eat too much candy.
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