Sheriff’s Office offers Trick-or-Treat safety tips

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Courtesy Lyon County Sheriff’s Office

Halloween is just hours away and a particular special treat for Lyon County children. This is also an important time to be extra vigilant for potential safety hazards. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office will increase their neighborhood presence to ensure the safety of our children and will also pass out candy.

We want all of our communities to enjoy a happy, fun, and safe night of trick ‘n treats by following these tips.

PARENTS
• Always escort your children and carry a flashlight.
• Be familiar with the neighborhood where your children will be trick or treating.
• Always know who is trick or treating with your children.
• Walk on the sidewalks and not in the middle of the street.
• Stay in well-lighted areas.
• Choose fireproof comfortable costumes made of light colored material so then can be easily seen in the dark.
• Consider placing reflective or glow in the dark tape on your children’s costumes.
• Have children avoid wearing eye makeup or masks that will restrict their vision.
• Give out only commercially wrapped candy.
• Inspect all treats before allowing children to eat them.

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TRICK-or-TREATERS

• Do not trick or treat by yourself.
• Do not take short cuts, especially in unlit areas.
• Obey all traffic signals and look in all directions when crossing streets.
• Walk, don’t run to your intended destination and don’t dart in and out of cars.
• Only trick or treat at homes with the porch light on.
• Wait until you get home before eating any treats.

HOMEOWNERS
• Turn on your porch light so children know it’s all right to visit your home.
• If you place a Jack-o-Lantern on your porch, place a glow stick inside instead of a candle.
• Only hand out commercially wrapped candy.
• Never invite children into your home.
• Keep pets away from children.
• Maintain clear walkways that are free from obstruction.
• Immediately notify the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office of any suspicious activity.

MOTORISTS
• Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle.
• Be on the alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.
• Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways.
• Play your music at a reasonable volume so you can listen for potential children crossing in your path.
• NEVER drink and drive.

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