Bibb County Sheriff’s Office offers Halloween Safety Tips

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Halloween is a major holiday for Americans across the country, and right here in middle Georgia.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office wants you to be safe this weekend.

According to sheriff’s office, here are a few tips families should keep in mind when trick-or-treating:

Costumes

  • Wear a costume that is easily seen by others, especially motorists, and is easy to walk in.
  • Avoid costumes with billowy, long-trailing fabric that can easily ignite or be a tripping hazard.
  • Consider wearing facial make-up instead.

Driving Safely On Halloween 

  • Drive slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic.
  • Take extra time to watch for children at intersections, along curbs and medians. 
  • Eliminate any distractions while driving.

Trick or Treating

  • Always go with friends and stay in a group. Plan your route, using well-lit streets and tell your family which streets you plan to use and your return time.
  • Parents or other adults should always go with the young trick-or-treaters. Everyone should use flashlights or glow-sticks to increase visibility. Use reflective tape on costumes
  • Review with children how to safely cross a street with by looking left, right and left again to spot approaching cars. If no sidewalk, stay as far left of the roadway as possible and walk facing traffic.
  • Never eat any goodies until you are safely home and have checked all treats. Parents should help youngsters check all treats. Throw away candy or food not commercially wrapped and sealed. Notify parents and local law enforcement if there are any suspicious treats.
  • As an alternative, attend an organized Halloween party. It’s fun to get together with other ghosts and goblins! If your children are attending Halloween parties at others’ homes, remind them to be alert for ways out of the home in an emergency.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s office recommends trick-or-treating between 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.

For a list of family friendly Halloween events in our area, click here: http://www.41nbc.com/news/halloween2015

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