Thursday, October 30, 2014

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips from Sheriff Frankie Springfield

J-E News Editor
Webster County Sheriff Frankie Springfield has offered the following safety tips for Halloween 2014.
•Carry a flashlight
•Walk, don’t run.
•Stay on Sidewalks

•Obey traffic signals
•Stay in familiar neighborhoods
•Don’t cut across yards or driveways.
•Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
•Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground.
•Shoes should fit (even if they don’t go with your costume)
•Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
•Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props.
•(If no sidewalk) walk on the left side of the road facing traffic
•Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
•Approach only houses that are lit.
•Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know.    
•Make your child eat dinner before setting out.
•Someone in the group should carry a cell phone to call home or 911.
•Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.
•If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark.
•If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.
•Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home.
•You should know where they’re going.
•Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.
•Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.
•Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones.
•Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently bitting a trick-or-treater.
•Battery powered jack o’lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.
•If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
•Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won’t be blown into a flaming candle.

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