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Public safety officials offer Halloween safety tips
Parents urged to accompany kids
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Backed by a company of limber zombies, Rontavius Washington, center, displays his best Michael Jackson impersonation during the annual Thriller parade on East Main Street to end Saturday's Scare in the Square Halloween celebration in downtown Statesboro. Local public safety agencies want to ensure everyone stays safe while enjoying Halloween this year.

Wednesday is Halloween, and there will be plenty of spooks, superheroes, goblins, fairy princesses and other characters on the streets as the tradition of trick-or-treating takes place. The object is to have fun, but local public safety agencies want to ensure everyone stays safe, too.

While Bulloch County sheriff’s Capt. Todd Hutchens advises parents of all children to accompany their kids — or at least have a responsible adult supervise — many children may be out on their own, and drivers are warned to watch out for trick-or-treaters on a quest for candy.

Statesboro police Community Information Specialist Madison Warren reminds parents to “check your children’s candy” before allowing them to eat it. Looks for signs of tampering and discard any opened or homemade goods unless you know the person who gave them.

“Watch out for kids and look both ways” when crossing the street, she said.

Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn said local law enforcement agencies will have extra patrol during the usual trick-or-treating hours, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“The sheriff’s department and police will be out in force to help make it a safe evening, and they remind adults to arrange for sober transportation if you will be imbibing,” he said. “The trick will be on you if you are caught driving under the influence.”

He provided a compilation of further tips from the National Safety Council and the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant.
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags, and carry glow sticks.
  • Teach your children never to enter a stranger's home or car.
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends.
  • Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep their heads up and walk, don't run, across the street.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs, and possibly wearing dark clothing after sunset.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.

Hutchens also reminds parents that all registered sex offenders in Bulloch County who are still on probation will be checking in with their probation officers at the Bulloch County Jail between 6–9 p.m.

However, registered sex offenders who are not on probation, as well as those who have not been convicted, cannot by law be made to report to the jail, he said.

To find out whether there are registered sex offenders living in the neighborhoods you plan to visit, visit the Georgia Bureau of Investigation website at www.gbi.geogia.gov/georgia-sex-offender-registry.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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