With Hallowe'en just around the corner Sheriff Jeff Lawless would like to offer some safety tips to make your trick-or-treating safe and enjoyable.
- Wear clothing that is bright and reflective.
- Avoid masks and use face paint when possible.
- Wear sneakers or comfortable shoes.
- Avoid toy weapons.
- Wear clothing that prevents tripping.
- Use the "buddy system" - travel in groups.
- Stay within familiar areas and only approach houses that are well-lit.
- Write your child's name and address on the inside of his or her costume.
- Carry a flashlight.
- Never approach animals. Even animals you are familiar with may not be familiar with you.
- Never eat anything until an adult inspects it.
- Discard any unwrapped candy.
- Notify the Sheriff's Office immediately if harmful items are found.
- Parents should keep a close eye on their children.
- Children should never go into someone's home.
- Drivers should be very observant and cautious of children who may wander into the road.
- Use sidewalks and cross at corners.
- Discuss a pre-planned route with your children.
These are just a few safety tips to make your trick-or-treating more safe. Many communities offer safe Hallowe'en activities at community centers, schools and churches. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of these.
Have a wonderful Hallowe'en and STAY SAFE!!
Sheriff Jeff Lawless