Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff’s Office offers Halloween safety advice

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VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office is offering Halloween safety advice.

The sheriff’s office says it will be looking for unsafe, mischievous and suspicious activity.

Sheriff Dave Wedding says they expect trick-or-treaters to head out well before sunset on Halloween due to weather forecasts. He says drivers should watch out for trick-or-treaters.

“With cold weather in the forecast for this Halloween, we expect many trick-or-treaters to head out well before sunset at 6PM. Motorists should watch for trick-or-treaters in or near neighborhood roadways this Thursday. Parents are reminded to keep children walking to the right side of the road and always against traffic. Consider wearing reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.”

Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to visit homes they know and stay in their neighborhood.

The Sheriff’s Office offers the following safety tips to help ensure this Halloween is a safe one:
• Motorists should keep a careful eye out for kids who may be difficult to see and may run unexpectedly from in between parked cars and other places.
• Trick-or-treating should be done with adult supervision and in groups.
• Parents, if your trick-or-treaters are old enough to walk the neighborhood on their own, make sure you know their intended route. Provide them with a cell phone and make sure they stay within a familiar area.
• Trick-or-treaters should never enter the home of someone who is not well known to them.
• Costumes that do not include a mask or anything that might obscure the child’s vision are preferable.
• Costumes should be constructed so that children can move easily and not create a tripping hazard.
• Trick-or-treating should be completed before dark. Trick-or-treaters should have light colored/reflective clothing on and have a flashlight.
• Parents should inspect all treats before they are eaten. Anything that is not commercially produced or appears to have had the seal or packaging tampered with should be discarded.
• Homeowners who welcome trick-or-treaters should make sure their homes are well lit and that there are no obstacles to those visiting the home.
• Homeowners should give commercially produced treats, gift certificates or other non-food related items (school pencils, stickers, etc).
• If you find anything or see anything suspicious in nature, report it to the Sheriff’s Office via 911.

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(This story was originally published on October 30, 2019)

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