Sheriff urges caregivers to follow Halloween safety tips and share them with children

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Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office has released a notice reminding those responsible for children and young adults to take extra care around Halloween.

“Although Halloween is meant to be a time of fun, it also places children in potentially dangerous traffic situations since they are out on the streets after dark. In addition there is generally an increase in traffic on the roadways, either because of people transporting their children to “trick-or-treat” locations or going to Halloween parties,” the release states.

To stay safe, follow these tips from the Sheriff’s office:

•Be bright at night—-use reflective tape on costumes and treat bags, were light colors, and carry flashlights
•Don’t wear a costume that obstructs vision, and wear lighter colored costumes
•Look all ways and listen for traffic before crossing roadways
•Cross at corners, not between parked cars or mid-block
•Always walk on the sidewalks if there are any, but if there are no sidewalks then walk facing traffic on the left side of the road.
•Younger children should always be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Parents are also urged to look through all the candy their children collect to be sure that children do not ingest something harmful.

Older children and young adults who trick-or-treat and attend parties should always drive safe, watch out for others on the roadways, and have a designated driver if alcohols is consumed, the notice says.

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