- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin’s consumer protection agency is offering a variety of safety tips for trick-or-treaters heading out on Halloween.

To prevent fires in homemade costumers, the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says to pick flame-resistant materials and avoid costumes that are billowy and baggy to minimize the risk of the fabric catching on fire.

Putting reflective tape on costumes to make children more visible to passing vehicles is also recommended, along with carrying flashlights with fresh batteries and glow sticks.

Additionally, DATCP says costumes should fit properly to avoid the risk of falling. It says costumes should also not include sharp or pointed objects that could be dangerous if someone does stumble.

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