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Trick or Treat Safety Tips from Franklin Co. Sheriff
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- As Franklin County parents prepare to send their little ghosts and goblins into the neighborhood for Trick or Treat 2013, Sheriff Zach Scott is providing some tips on how to make sure the costumed candy-seekers stay as safe as possible.
Sheriff Scott has asked that parents be made aware of the following safety information before this year's Trick or Treat events are held throughout central Ohio:
1. Instruct your children to walk on sidewalks or paths in the neighborhood. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Make sure your children travel in a group or with an adult.
2. Remind children to walk, not run, keeping an eye out for vehicles that may be turning or backing up.
3. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers in addition to carrying flashlights to improve visibility. Glow sticks are a fun and
4. Remind children not to eat any candy that has been tampered with or
unwrapped. Have an adult go through the treats and throw away any
unwrapped candy. Remind your children not to take homemade treats from strangers.
5. Make sure a trusted adult is walking with them. And of course, never let them enter a stranger's home alone.
6. You can check for Registered Sex Offenders in your neighborhood by logging onto the Sheriff's web site at sheriff.franklincountyohio.gov.
7. If you are driving on Halloween, slow down and put away cell phones or any device that might distract you from the road. This will be an exciting night for children and they may move in unpredictable ways.
8. Turn on your headlights earlier in the evening so you can spot children farther away. Costumes can limit a child's visibility - you will see them before they see you.
9. If you are passing out candy, turn on your porch light; clear out any obstacles that children may trip over.
10. If you need help or have any questions during Trick-or-Treat, please do not hesitate to contact a Sheriff's deputy or any law enforcement agency. We will have extra cruisers in the area from 5:00pm to 9:00pm to assist with any problems that may arise.
Click here for a list of central Ohio Trick or Treat times.