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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

PIO 
News Date: 10/18/2007 

 Stay Safe This Halloween  


A number of families will be celebrating Halloween on Wednesday, October 31, 2007.  With that in mind, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Section offers a few safety tips to help keep “trick or treat” activities safe. 

  • Supervise small children at all times.  Instruct them to only visit homes that have the porch light on; and to never enter the home of a stranger. 
  • Have children use sidewalks in well lit streets in familiar neighborhoods. 
  • When choosing a costume remember to wear fire-retardant and light-colored or reflec-tive clothing; avoid masks that limits a child’s vision. 
  • Remember to inspect all candies and goodies received and remove any choking haz-ards for small children.  Motorists should drive carefully watching for all pedestrians.   
  • Drive slowly through neighborhoods, and be prepared to stop suddenly.    
  •  Watch for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.   
  •  Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.   
  • Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible - even in the daylight.  

 “The festivities of the holiday can create great excitement for children, it’s our job as par-ents to supervise all of their activities,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.  “Please join me in keep-ing our children and the citizens of Polk County safe this Halloween.”   For more information on Halloween Safety, please contact the PCSO Crime Prevention Section at 863.534.6677.