ROANOKE, Va. -

On Halloween, children typically have sugar, not safety, on the brain.

So, it's important for parents to go over the rules before the trick or treating begins.

Roanoke Fire Prevention Specialist Tiffany Bradbury suggests only going to homes that are familiar to you. Trick-or-treating should also be done in groups, preferably with a parent going along.

Kids should carry flashlights or glow sticks to help light their way.

Since costumes are usually flammable, Bradbury recommends keeping them away from any open flame or candle.

Once you and your kids are back home from trick-or-treating, inspect the candy before they eat it. If a candy has an open wrapper, throw it away.