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Halloween safety is best treat

As thousands of Lawrence County’s little ghouls and goblins hit the streets seeking lots of treats — and maybe a few tricks — this week and next, the entire community has to make sure that we do not offer up any unwanted frights.

Trick-or-treat night is set for Thursday in Ironton and the communities in the western part of the county. Eastern Lawrence County and South Point will have their events Tuesday.

This is an exciting time for children as they don there favorite costumes and go out seeking what many think should be the fifth food group: candy.

Parents certainly must do their part, but it is important that those who do not have children also realize that safety must come first.

The first step is to be aware during trick-or-treat hours and extra cautious in motor vehicles.

Here are some other vital tips from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

> Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

> Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

> Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.

> Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always walk and don’t run from house to house.

> Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

> Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

> Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

> Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

> Eat only factory-wrapped treats.

> Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

> Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

A fun, safe evening is the best treat we can offer our children.