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Rural Metro: choose light-colored costumes with reflectors this Halloween

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Many of you may be heading to the store this weekend for those last-minute Halloween costumes, but before you do, some of the costumes you buy - and even the ones you make at home - can be a walking hazard.

"It's that time of year that parents like to send their kids out to dark neighborhoods in dark clothing on dark streets and nothing good can come of that," said Colin Williams with the Rural Metro Fire Department.

He said to show the dangers a simple costume can pose on Halloween, they sent out two kids at night; one was in a lighter-colored costume with reflective materials and the other was in all black.

"The results are predictable, the child who was wearing light-colored clothing can be seen, the child wearing black is very hard to see," Williams said.

And as for some of those masks? Williams said it's more important to see and be seen.

"If you put a child in there and he's carrying his or her bucket of candy they're not going to be able to adjust this so they can see carefully," Williams said.

While he said Rural Metro is mostly concerned about preventing car-pedestrian accidents on Halloween, fire safety is still the name of their game. He said store-bought costumes are mostly up to fire standards these days, but the homemade ones aren't.

"That can be made of cotton, can be made of paper, those homemade costumes don't adhere to the same fire standards as the commercially produced ones," Williams said.

He said no matter what costume your kid wears this year, make sure you have some kind of reflective light or glow sticks so cars can see you.

"It's animal house out there and it's really a recipe for disaster, so go with your kids and know your neighborhood," Williams said.

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