The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be increasing patrols on Halloween this Thursday. They will be focusing on pedestrian safety in our neighborhoods. The Sheriff's Office wants to remind parents and trick-or-treaters to follow the following safety rules to ensure a happy Halloween for everyone:
1. Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
2. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
3. Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
4. Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
5. Young children should not trick-or-treat alone.
6. Trick-or-treat on an established route in an area you are familiar with.
7. Never go into anyone's house or vehicle without first obtaining permission from your parent's or a trusted adult.
8. Teach children how to say "NO!" and call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.