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Dutchess Sheriff Shares Halloween Safety Tips

The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office wants trick or treaters to remain safe this Halloween.
The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office wants trick or treaters to remain safe this Halloween. Photo Credit: Grist.org

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office is offering tips to parents and kids to keep this Halloween a safe one.

  • Be bright at night—use reflective tape on costumes and treat bags, wear light colors, and carry flashlights.
  • Don’t wear a costume that obstructs vision, and wear lighter colored costumes.
  • Always look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing roadways.
  • Cross at corners, not between parked cars or mid-block.
  • Always walk on the sidewalks if there are any, but if there are no sidewalks then walk facing traffic on the left side of the road.
  • Younger children should always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Plan your route and don’t approach dark or unlit houses.
  • Parents should always look through their child’s candy before allowing the child to eat it.
  • Never go into a stranger’s house or car.

Adults that may be out attending parties this Halloween are reminded to drive safely and watch for kids on the roadways, and to always have a designated driver if they consume alcoholic beverages.

Kids under 18 are also reminded that some Townships in Dutchess County have curfews.

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