The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is reminding adults and children to follow common sense safety tips that will help everyone stay safe on Halloween.
"Halloween is a dangerous time for both children and adults, due to the increased amount of traffic in Franklin County neighborhoods", said Sheriff Bill Overton. "Preparing ahead of time is the key to everyone having a safe and happy Halloween."
The below tips are courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
•Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
•Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
•Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
•Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
•Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.
•Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye
•Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
•Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
•Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
•Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
•Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
•Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult.
•Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Parents can also research registered sex offenders in and around Franklin County. A link is provided on our website, sheriff.franklincountyva.org. Click "Other Useful Links", and then click "Sex Offender Registry."