Benny Boyd

Keep Halloween safe for children

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Courtesy of the Lockhart Police Dept.

Halloween is creeping up and the fall season is finally here. Here are some safety tips for trick-or-treaters.
Make sure that an adult or older responsible youth will be supervising any outing with children. Costumes shouldn”t restrict a child”s sight or breathing. Avoid any costume accessories that are

sharp or might injure a child in a fall. Be sure to discuss the route and establish a time the kids should be home. Tell the youngsters not to eat any treats until they return home. Feeding them an early dinner might help with that temptation.
Kids should walk on sidewalks and not in streets. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road so that you”re facing traffic. If the outing is after dark, reflective type clothing and a flashlight are a must. Only go to homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door and don”t go into a stranger”s home. Bring any treats home to be inspected by parents and don”t eat candy if the package is already open. Stay in a group and stay safe.
Parents should follow the simple rule: when in doubt, throw it out. The American Red Cross and the National Safety Council are two excellent resources for information on holiday safety. The neighborhood decorations are a reminder that the holiday season is here. Make Halloween a fun, safe and happy time for the kids and they”ll carry on that tradition with their own families some day!
By Officer William Templeton

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