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Be safe for Halloween and have fun

Posted: October 23, 2012 - 6:32pm

WALKER — This month we have been asked to address Halloween activities safety tips. Not only for young people who are trick-or-treating but safety tips for all age drivers and homeowners as well.

Halloween is an exciting night of the year and a particularly special treat for young children. It is also an important time to be extra vigilant for potential safety hazards. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the National Safety Council want everyone to have a happy, fun and safe Halloween by following some simple tips:

For Those Trick-or-Treating:

• Do not trick-or-treat by yourself. Always be with a friend or group of friends.

• If props are carried, they should be made of soft rubber, Styrofoam or other pliable material.

• Do not take short cuts, especially through alleys.

• Obey all traffic signals and look in all directions when crossing the street.

• Don’t run! Walk to your intended destination and don’t dart in and out of cars or driveways. If there are no sidewalks stay as far left of the roadway as possible.

• Walk in the direction facing traffic.

• Only trick-or-treat at homes with their porch light on. Never approach a car offering candy.

• Wait until you get home before eating any treats.

Parents:

• Always escort your children and carry a flashlight.

• Be familiar with the neighborhood where your children will be trick-or-treating.

• Set a specific time for your child/children to be out.

• Always know who is trick-or-treating with your children.

• Walk on the sidewalks and not in the middle of the street.

• Instruct your children never to enter any homes.

• Stay in well-lighted areas.

• Inspect all treats before allowing children to eat them.

• Choose fireproof, comfortable costumes made of light colored material so they can be easily seen in the dark.

• Consider placing reflective or glow in the dark tape on your children’s costumes.

• Have children avoid wearing eye makeup or masks, which will restrict their vision.

• Avoid having children carry replica firearms, swords or toys which can be mistaken for the real thing.

• Teach children their home and/or parent’s cellular phone number in case they get lost.

Homeowners

• Turn on your porch light so children know it is all right to visit your home.

• Hand out only commercially wrapped candy.

• Never invite children into your home.

• Keep pets away from children.

• Maintain clear walkways that are free from obstruction.

• If using candles, keep them away from the path of children.

• Immediately notify law enforcement of any suspicious activity.

Motorists

• Drive slowly and cautiously.

• Look for children walking on the street, running, and darting in between parked vehicles especially in residential neighborhoods.

• Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways.

• Avoid using your cell phone while driving because it will cause a distraction.

•Never drink and drive.

By following these tips you can ensure everyone a safe and Happy Halloween.

The Cass County Sheriffs Office also would like to invite you to its first trick or treat event at the sheriff’s office! Children can stop by the sheriff’s office east parking lot (across from Dairy Queen) from 4-7 p.m. and receive a special trick or treat bag with coloring books, safety tips and treats from the sheriff. Children and parents can meet staff and the K9 Unit from the Sheriffs Office. In the event of rain, the event will be at the lobby of the sheriff’s office, use the east parking lot and east doorways, watch for signs! We look forward to seeing you there.

If you have specific questions that you would like answered in this column or in person, please feel free to contact me anytime using one of the following methods: tom.burch@co.cass.mn.us, 218-547-1424 or 800-450-2677, mail/in person Cass County Sheriff’s Office, 303 Minnesota Ave. W., PO Box #1119, Walker MN 56484.