Keep Your Halloween Safe, Take Precautions

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Halloween is upon is.

Let's keep it a safe one in our community.

Halloween consistently ranks as one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Watch for costumed children crossing the road in search of more treats.

AAA recommends driving 5 mph slower than the posted speed limit in neighborhoods, and that sounds like a good idea to us.

Parents, remind your goblins that it is much safer to slither, gallop and walk on the sidewalk.

You can give your mermaid a flashlight to light her way.

Remind children to cross the street at corners, not between parked cars.

Look both ways before crossing the street.

Costumes may alter the way you walk, so remember not to run.

Reflective tape and stickers on collection bags can help motorists see children.

Share the trick-or-treating experience with your children. Watch where they go and the smiles on their faces when someone gives them a handful of their favorite sugary treat.

If your costumed angels and devils are walking on ahead, remind them to only go to houses with the porch light on, and never enter a stranger's house.

Costumes can be flammable, so use caution around lit candles and jack o' lanterns.

Even though we live in a rural community where ‘things like that don't happen,' check your child's treat bag before they eat, to make sure nothing but sugary confections are in the bag.

There are Halloween parties happening all over the Rim Country, not to mention spooky shindigs in private homes. Call someone for a ride, or make certain you have a designated driver, if you plan to party.

It would be great for Payson Police officers to have a night with no DUIs.

Besides, you probably do not want your mug shot taken when you look like the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, when the monkeys got through with him.

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