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Florence County Sheriff’s Office offers Halloween safety tips

October 30, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence County Sheriff’s Office has shared some safety tips for trick or treating on Halloween.

For children:

>> Avoid homes of strangers or those who may not be participating in “Trick or Treating” activities. No decorations or lights are a strong clue.

>> For young children, a parent or responsible adult should always be within sight.

>> Never go into a stranger’s house for treats unless your parents are present and tell you it is OK.

>> Be careful when crossing the street, and look both ways to make sure no cars are coming. Masks and costumes sometimes restrict vision, and extra attention is required when walking along the road at night.

>> For older children, remember, vandalism is not cool! Throwing eggs, damaging mail boxes and stringing toilet paper is destructive, and someone has to clean it up. If we catch you, that will probably be you.

>> Report any suspicious or harmful behavior to a responsible adult or law enforcement.

For adults:

>> Check the SLED website at sled.sc.gov for registered sex offenders in your neighborhood or any neighborhood in which your children may “Trick or Treat.” Make sure your kids stay away from those houses. For questions regarding the Sex Offender Registry, contact the SOR Unit at FCSO at 843-665-2121, ext. 367.

>> Help your child pick out a costume that is age and safety appropriate. It should be fireproof or treated with fire retardant. Make sure any masks have eye holes large enough for good vision and that any outer clothing won’t cause them to trip or fall. Reflective material will also help your child be more visible to motorists.

>> If you are not accompanying your child as they “Trick or Treat,” make sure you know the route they will travel and set a specific time for them to return.

>> Insist that your children not talk to strangers or get into their cars, no matter what. Unfortunately, there are those who would harm children, and the lure of free candy can reduce their suspicion of strangers.

>> If your child’s costume includes a prop, such as a fake knife, pitchfork or other object, make sure the tips are smooth and flexible enough not to cause injury if fallen upon.

>> Teach kids to cross the street properly and with due regard to vehicles whose drivers might not see them.

>> Remind your older children that vandalism and destruction of property, whether at Halloween or any other time, is not only wrong, it is a crime that we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.

>> Inspect all candy and treats before your child consumes them. Generally, treats and candy sealed from the factory are the safest.