COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) - Ohio officials issued some common sense Halloween safety tips to prevent hazards on homeowner's property or while driving.
"With so many unpredictable elements at play, everyone should be extra cautious on and around Halloween," Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Insurance Director Mary Taylor said. "People can minimize their risk by being proactive."
For home and automobile owners, taking precautionary measures can reduce the chances of injury or having to file an insurance claim.
Experts suggested making sure the house is well-lit and the sidewalk, driveway and yard are free of obstructions so people can see where they're going to reduce the likelihood of tripping or falling. Avoid lighting carved pumpkins with candles. Instead use battery powered light sources to eliminate fire hazards.
Since children may be trick-or-treating after dark, drivers should use caution in residential areas, and watch for people darting from between parked cars and across the street.
Insurance information, including the Department's new homeowners and auto insurance consumer guides, is available at www.insurance.ohio.gov.
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