HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - If you are braving the conditions and taking your children trick-or-treating outdoors tonight, police from communities across the Tennessee Valley are urging you to use extra caution.
They recommend you and your kids carry glow sticks or flashlights – they said it makes it easier for drivers to see pedestrians.
Remember to keep an umbrella or a raincoat on hand. Just because you may see a break in the rain, that doesn't necessarily mean it's over.
Here are a few basic Halloween safety tips you should use regardless of the weather:
Children Should: Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks, never cross the street between parked vehicles, never go into a stranger's house, watch out for cars backing or turning, wear bright colored clothing and use a flashlight.
Drivers Should: Keep an eye open for children who forget the rules, use caution when traveling and obey posted traffic signs in neighborhoods.
Parents Should: Instruct children not to open candy until they return home, inspect all candy for tampering. Adults should accompany children, discuss the route their children should be taking and most important, explain the difference between tricks and vandalism (especially cemeteries).
Home Owners Should: Have a well lit home both inside and out to prevent vandalism and injuries, remove all obstacles from their lawns to avoid injuries and don't use candles in ornaments that could set a fire.
A note about sex offenders: Parents should take special care to learn about sex offenders who may reside in the areas children will be trick-or-treating. You can contact your local law enforcement, or check out online databases such as Family Watchdog (http://bit.ly/12t7zk).