Help Me Hank: Tips on how to stay safe this Halloween

DETROIT – With rain, wind and maybe even snow expected, DTE Energy has a plan in place to keep people safe Halloween.

READ: Metro Detroit weather: Rainy Halloween with snow chance later

The company said it has about 100 crews positioned throughout Metro Detroit looking for hazards, cleaning up trees, downed power lines and restoring power.

But weather hazards aren’t the only thing residents should be paying attention to. Halloween can be a dangerous time for children, who are twice as likely to die in a traffic incident on Halloween than any other day of the year.

Experts urge families to carry a good flashlight while trick-or-treating. More than 40 million children are expected to go trick-or-treating, but the majority won’t have a flashlight, which can make them more visible to drivers.

To stay safe, experts say children should trick-or-treat in their own neighborhood and wear a name tag with a phone number on their costume. Adult supervision of children under 12 is encouraged and so is keeping a charged cell phone handy.

A costume shouldn’t impair someone’s ability to walk or run safely. Parents should make sure a child’s mask doesn’t affect their vision.

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