Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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October 27, 2011

Safety tips available for Halloween

GLASGOW — With Halloween less than a week away there are some things parents need to remember to ensure their children stay safe while trick or treating, according to officials.

One of the first things parents should do is make sure their children’s costumes are not too big so they won’t trip over the hem when walking, said Vicki Poore, community health specialist for the Barren County Health Department, who is also director of Barren County Safe Kids.

“You need to make sure the child carries either a flashlight or glow stick so drivers and people can see them,” she said.

To avoid falls people should also make sure things, such as garden hoses, are picked up out of their yards, Poore said.

She also said children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult while trick or treating and they should hold the adult’s hand when crossing the street in order to make it across safely, she said.

It is also a good idea for children to wear light colored clothing while trick or treating so they are more visible to motorists when backing out of driveways or when traveling down roadways, said Trevor Phillips, public relations director for the Barren County Sheriff’s Department.

“Of course when returning home it is always good to have parents or adults to check the treats before children eat them to make sure the candy hasn’t been tampered with,” he said.

The Barren County Sheriff’s Department will be scanning candy at the Barren County Courthouse on Halloween from 5 to 9 p.m for anyone who wants to bring their children’s candy by, said Phillips.

The radiology department at T.J. Samson Community Hospital also can scan candy, said Tootie Bishop, director of radiology at the hospital.

Trick or treating hours for Glasgow and surrounding towns on Monday night are: Glasgow — 5 to 7:30 p.m.; Edmonton, 4 to 7 p.m.; Cave City, 4 to 7 p.m. and Park City, 5 to 7 p.m.

Tompkinsville’s city office was not aware of trick or treat hours.

More Halloween safety tips are available on the Safe Kids USA website at www.safekids.org.

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