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Halloween safety and respecting political property

Guest Viewpoint - Sheriff reminds families to trick-or-treat with care

Halloween may be a fun holiday for kids, but for parents, trick-or-treat time may be a bit tricky. I would like to provide the following safety tips to help you plan a safe, fun Halloween for your family.

Costumes

• Face paint is safer than a mask - and it's more fun!

• Choose costumes in light colors or add reflective tape.

• Check that costumes are flame-retardant and not so long as to pose a tripping hazard.

Trick-or-Treaters Should:

• Travel in pairs or groups and stay together.

• Walk on the sidewalk or on the left side of the road facing traffic.

• Stop, look and listen at corners.

• Plan a safe route; stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.

• Carry a flashlight or glow stick.

• Carry a cell phone if trick or treating without an adult.

• Be respectful of other people and their property.

Trick-or-Treaters Should NOT:

• Go inside a stranger's house or get into a stranger's car.

• Run across yards or streets.

• Venture down dark, empty streets.

• Approach dark, unlighted houses.

• Go between parked cars or crisscross back and forth across streets.

Parents with Younger Children:

• Should accompany young children.

• Plan to trick-or-treat while it's still light out.

• Walk with your children to each house and wait in the driveway for them. 

Treats:

• Children should save all their candy until they get home.

• Feed your children a meal or substantial snack before trick or treating so they are less tempted to eat the candy.

• Inspect all treats when you get home. Throw away any unwrapped, open, or suspicious looking goodies.

• If your child becomes suddenly ill, IMMEDIATELY call your doctor or dial 911! Try to determine what the child has eaten and where it came from. Save all wrappers.

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