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Halloween safety tips

October 31, 2013

BLACKFOOT — Costumed monsters, superheroes and princesses will take to the streets tonight but precautions are necessary.
Here are a few:
"Wear bright colored clothes and bright colored costumes," said Capt. Robert Sobieski with the Bingham County Sheriff's office. "Use flashlights or glow wands, with fresh batteries.
"Children should be accompanied by an adult," he said. "Go to houses you know.
"Do not accept any foot that's unwrapped unless you know the person who made it," said Sobieski. "If you receive unwrapped candy, throw it away.
"Have a fun and safe Halloween," said Sobieski.
"It's mostly common sense stuff," said Patrolman Mike Curnutt of the Shelley Police department. "Watch out for cars. Assume the motorist will not see you.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks whenever possible.
Walk on sidewalks and not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
"Carry a light," he said. "The lights that have a pumpkin or something like that on the top are better than a flashlight. The glow can be seen all the way around.
"Have reflective stuff on your costume," said Curnutt.
"If you are not comfortable approaching a house, don't go there," he said. "Go in groups.
"My very best advice is stay home and watch the World Series so there is more candy left for me," said Curnutt.
Tell your child not to eat any treats until they return home, said AAA Idaho spokesman Dave Carlson.
For motorists, AAA provided the following advice:
° Avoid neighborhood shortcuts. Avoid areas where trick-or-treaters are likely to be present.
° Obey signs and signals and slow down. Slow down at least five miles lower than the speed limit.
° Watch for children on roadways, medians and curbs. Children are harder to see in a dark costume, or may not be paying attention to traffic. They may also cross at mid-block between parked cars.
° Drive sober. Alcohol-impaired drivers make up about one-third al off motor vehicle deaths. Always designate a sober driver if you plan to drink.

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