Sheriff's Office Offers Halloween Safety Tips
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office wants to make sure this Halloween is a fun and safe one for everyone. With it falling on a Saturday, the likelihood of Halloween parties will increase, and so there will also be an increase in law enforcement patrolling the roadways looking for intoxicated drivers.
In addition, Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves offers the following safety tips for parents to consider before sending their children out trick-or-treating:
1. Make sure costumes are the appropriate length to avoid trips and falls.
2. Use fire resistant costumes that are light in color and / or have reflective material.
3. Make sure someone in the group has a flashlight and charged cell phone.
4. Instead of using a mask, which can obstruct a child’s vision, consider using makeup.
5. Instruct your children to stay on sidewalks (where available) or on the shoulder of the roadway facing traffic.
6. Remind your kids to watch for traffic when preparing to cross the road. Not all motorists may be watching for them.
7. As an alternative of going door to door, parents should consider taking their children to community sponsored events such as those hosted by community centers, churches, schools, etc.
8. Children (and adults) should only consume unopened candies and treats in original wrappers. Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded. Don’t forget to inspect fruit and homemade treats for anything that looks suspicious.
9. Children should only trick-or-treat at the homes of trusted family and friends who have outside lights on. They should NEVER go into a home or car to collect treats.
Sheriff Groves also urges all motorists traveling on Halloween to be extra cautious, especially when driving through residential areas. Finally, parents and grandparents are encouraged to know where registered offenders are located in the communities they intend to allow their children to trick-or-treat in. Information on publicly posted registered sex, drug and violent offenders can be located at www.cherokeecountykssheriff.com.