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Halloween Safety Tips from the Sheriff's Office

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- With Halloween just around the corner, soon our neighborhoods will be scattered with trick-or-treaters. To make sure this is a more enjoyable and safer Halloween, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour is offering these safety tips:

Parents, please remember when designing your children’s costumes that face paint is preferable to a mask. All trick-or-treaters should wear some sort of reflective clothing, carry a bright orange bag and carry a flashlight or glow stick to make it easier for passing cars to spot them.

Always walk on the sidewalk or left side of the road facing traffic. Don’t forget: Watch for cars at all times.

An adult should always accompany young children. Either a parent or older child should stay within close range at all times or never let the children go down a street by themselves. Walk with the children to each house and wait in the driveway or by the door until the children return.

Older children should travel in pairs or in groups at all times while trick-or-treating. Parents should know the route that their children are following. Children should always walk together to the front door of each house and never run across the road. Dark, unlighted houses should be avoided.

Children should save all their candy until they get home. Closely inspect all candy. Throw away all unwrapped candy or any suspicious looking goodies.

Motorist should use extra caution on Halloween night. When driving, slow down and be aware. Trick-or-treaters may dart into the road. Make sure to drive at a safe speed and leave distance from the vehicle ahead of you. The driver may have to stop suddenly.

Sheriff James R. Voutour says, "In the two years that I have been sheriff, I have made the safety of our communities my top priority. Within this philosophy is the most important thing: the safety of our children. Halloween is a time for children to come into contact with many strangers within our community. It is important during this time to be aware of potential dangers in our community. These dangers can be in many forms; unfortunately, one of the worst threats is from the known sex offender."

The sheriff encourages all guardians and parents of children to use this Sherriff's Office link to search the areas where their children will be trick-or-treating.

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