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Keep holiday safe

Later this week many communities throughout Lawrence County and the surrounding region will see thousands of eager kids take to the streets in search of the best treats.

It will be important as communities however, that we do not hand out any unwelcome frights.

Halloween always provides an exciting time for kids to suit up in their favorite costume and work to stockpile what seems to be a year’s supply of candy.

It is imperative for the communities as a whole, even those who do not have children participating, to practice safety first.

The Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health offer these tips for a safe trick-or-treat night.

• 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. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

• Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.

• Always test makeup in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.

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

• Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

• Only walk on sidewalks 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. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.

• Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Otherwise, stay outside.

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

A fun and safe evening will be by far the best treat we can give our children.