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10/28/2013 10:45:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Safety first when having Halloween fun
Ghosts, goblins, ghouls and an assortment of other characters will be out in force next week in Lawrence County.

Lawrence County's four largest communities have set trick or treat hours for children with city officials from all of the towns stressing that only houses with porch lights on should be visited.

Trick-or-treat hours in Lawrenceville and Sumner are 5-8 p.m. on Halloween night, Thursday. In St. Francisville, trick-or-treat hours are 6-9 p.m., also on Halloween night.

In Bridgeport, hours are 6-8 p.m. on both Halloween eve, Wednesday, and Halloween night.

Safety first is the key to a successful evening of trick or treating.

The American Red Cross are among the many groups and agencies offering tips to help make this Halloween safe:

• Look for flame-resistant costumes.

• Plan the trick-or-treat route and make sure adults know where children are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood.

• Make sure the trick-or-treaters have a flashlight. Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags. Have everyone wear light-colored clothing in order to be seen.

• Accept treats at the door - never go inside.

• Instead of masks, which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see, consider using face paint.

• Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street and cross only at the corner. Don't cut across yards or use alleys. Don't cross between parked cars.


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