LSO offers Halloween safety tips

Laurel County, KY - Sheriff John Root offers the following safety tips for Halloween and Trick or Treating this year, which is Saturday, October 31 from 6-8 P.M.

Here are some important Halloween safety tips that every parent should know:

• Purchase or make Halloween costumes from flame-resistant materials.

• Pick brightly colored costumes or add your own reflective tape so motorists can see them.

• Attach your child's name, address, and phone number somewhere inside the costume.

•An adult should always accompany children under age 12.

• To avoid tripping, make sure your child's costume is not too long, and that shoes are the proper size.

• Plan the route your children are going to take, especially if they're going out unsupervised. They should go in a group.

• Teach your children never to respond to a driver or pedestrian that calls out to them.

• Make sure your children don't eat any candy or food without checking with you first.

• Tell your children not to go to homes with barking, jumping dogs and not to approach any stray animals.

• Make sure your children have flashlights, especially if they're staying out after dark.

• Establish an appropriate curfew for children to return home.

• Don't hand out candy that could be a possible choking hazard to younger children.

• Teach your children to stay on the sidewalks and cross only at corners.

• Teach your children to look, listen and be aware of cars not stopping at corners.

• Teach your children to only go to houses with porch lights on and to never enter anyone's house.

-Teach your child how to call 911 for any emergency

Motorists should:

-Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.

• Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.

• Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.

• At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

-Drive with extreme caution on Halloween and expect the unexpected from pedestrians.

Laurel Sheriff’s Deputies will be out in full force to help out. The sheriff’s department reminds you---Let’s have a safe Halloween!



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