Law enforcement shares tips for a fun and safe Halloween

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Halloween is just around the corner! The streets will soon be filled with ghosts, elves and all kinds of cute costumes.

But before heading out with the little ones, local law enforcement officials have a few tips on how to stay healthy and happy this holiday season.

“Halloween should be filled with happy times and following certain common sense practices can make events safer and more fun,” Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher said in an online article.

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The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office shared the following safety tips for this Halloween:

Parents

  • Make sure that an adult or young manager supervises the outing for children under 12 years old.
  • Consult the sex offender registry HERE when planning your child’s route. You can view maps that identify the addresses of registered sex offenders in your neighborhood and sign up to receive email alerts when an offender moves nearby.
  • Plan and discuss the route the trick-or-treaters intend to take. Know the names of the companions of older children.
  • Make sure older children play or feast in groups.
  • Teach your children to only stop in well-lit houses or apartment buildings and never enter a stranger’s house.
  • Tell your children not to eat treats until they get home.
  • Review all appropriate safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
  • All children should know their home phone number and know how to call 911 in an emergency.
  • Pin a piece of paper with the child’s name, address and phone number in a pocket in case the young person is separated from the group.

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  • Follow state and county health policies.
  • Promote the use of hand sanitizer by cheaters and their families.
  • Encourage social distancing.
  • Halloween costume masks are not suitable for providing COVID-19 protection.
  • Avoid going to activities indoors where people may be crowded. Outdoor activities, with good ventilation, are better alternatives.

Motorists

  • Watch for children rushing between parked cars.
  • Watch for children walking on roads, medians and sidewalks.
  • Enter and exit the alleys and alleys carefully.
  • At dusk and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

Costume design

  • Only flame retardant materials should be used for the costumes.
  • Costumes should be loose so that warm clothes can be worn underneath.
  • Costumes should not be so long that they pose a trip hazard.
  • Make sure the shoes are snug to avoid trips and falls.
  • If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made from light-colored materials. Strips of retro-reflective tape should be used to make children visible.

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Face design

  • Do not use masks as they can obstruct a child’s vision. Instead, use face makeup.
  • When shopping for special Halloween makeup, look for packaging that contains ingredients labeled “Made with US Approved Color Additives,” “Laboratory Tested,” “Meets Federal Cosmetics Standards”, or “Non-toxic.” Follow the manufacturer’s directions for the application.
  • If masks are worn, they should have openings for the nose and mouth and large holes for the eyes.

Accessories

  • Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
  • Bags or bags worn by young people should be light in color or fitted with retro-reflective tape if children are allowed to go out after dark.
  • Carrying flashlights with fresh batteries will help children see better and be seen more clearly.

During Trick-or-Treating

  • Do not enter houses or apartments without adult supervision.
  • Walk; do not run from house to house. Do not cross yards and lawns where invisible objects or rough terrain can present a trip hazard.
  • Walk on sidewalks, not on the street.
  • Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic, if there are no sidewalks.

Sweets

  • Give the children an early meal before going out.
  • Insist that the treats be taken home for inspection before you eat anything.
  • Wash the fruits and cut them into small pieces.
  • Throw away any unwrapped or partially wrapped candy that has a strange smell, color or texture.

Owners / Decorations

  • Keep candles and jack o ‘lanterns away from landings and thresholds where costumes might brush against the flame.
  • Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when you expect treats.
  • Keep candles and jack o ‘lanterns away from curtains, decorations, and other combustibles that could ignite.
  • Don’t leave your home unattended.


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