You still have a few weeks left to get ready for Halloween, but it can never be too early to prepare for safety hazards. You may be among the many Las Vegas residents who are now putting together costumes, buying candy and getting your decorations ready to have the best haunted house on the block. It is also time to start thinking about keeping your children safe as they go out trick-or-treating.

According to the National Safety Council, October is the second-highest month of the year for traffic fatalities, many of them due to pedestrian accidents on Halloween night. You might worry about your child biting into a piece of candy that has been tampered with; however, safety experts caution that children have a far greater chance of being hit by a car than eating dangerous candy. Halloween is an exciting night for children who are trick-or-treating and exploring their neighborhoods’ haunted houses. Children, who are known for not always obeying traffic rules or keeping safety in mind, may be even more apt to dart into the street without looking or to cross before a traffic light turns green.

What can you do to protect children from accidents on Halloween? Before they go out, you may want to go over safe pedestrian rules with them. Younger children should trick-or-treat with older siblings or an adult. If your children have dark-colored costumes, it is a good idea to have them carry a flashlight or wear something that lights up. Also, if you are driving, be sure to watch for children and drive slowly through neighborhoods.

Halloween is a fun night for people of all ages. Staying safe can be an additional reason to celebrate.