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Make Halloween a safe night for children

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By The Staff

Editor:

Halloween in Trimble County is 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Here are some simple ways to make trick-or-treating a safe experience for children.

Many Halloween accidents, from skinned knees to pedestrian traffic fatalities, can be traced to a child’s inability to see steps, curbs and vehicles because of ill-fitting masks. Be sure your child’s mask so that he or she can see obstacles or cars.

Caution your children to always walk on the sidewalk or in a yard in neighborhoods where there are no sidewalks, and to cross streets at a corner that has a streetlight. As an extra precaution, send along a battery operated light to carry so they can see and so others can see them.

Drivers, also, should be more vigilant on trick-or-treat night. Drive slowly and watch for children darting out into the street.

Parents also should decorate costumes with regro-reflective material to help their youngster be more visible at night. This material is available in iron-on, sew-on or tape. A recent study showed reflective material is visible to drivers at speeds of 70-80 mph.

White is safely visible to drivers only at 50 mph or less.

Also, when your child gets home, check through the goody bag to make sure each item they received is safe for them to eat.

  Ronnie McCane, Director Trimble County Emergency Management