With Halloween upon us, the Hancock County Sheriff stresses the importance of safety during trick or treating.
“This year, we are trying to provide an additional safety measure for concerned parents by making available our security X-Ray machine to screen candy,” said Sheriff Ralph Fletcher.
The machine is located in the lobby of the Hancock County courthouse. An employee of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office will be operating the machine from the hours of 7-10 on Halloween night.
Fletcher said that when most parents think of Halloween safety, they typically investigate the candy their children collect to make sure that there is no unwrapped candy or potentially hazardous items.
However, statistics show that the leading cause of Halloween injuries are falls, noting that children are more likely to be struck and injured by a car than any other night of the year.
“Halloween is a thrilling time for children and adults, but with the distraction of candy and costumes, safety rules can easily be forgotten,” said Fletcher.
To ensure a safer celebration of Halloween, Fletcher suggested that parents and caregivers should have children under the age of 12 go with an adult. If kids are mature enough to be out without adult supervision, they should go only to familiar areas that are well-lit and trick or treat in groups.
Costumes can be both creative and safe by decorating them with reflective tape and light colors. Additionally, using make-up instead of masks is an easy method to ensure safety.
Fletcher also cautioned motorists to be more aware of children on Halloween.
“Children are excited and may move in unpredictable ways. Be sure to take extra time to look for kids at intersections and on medians and curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully, and concentrate on the road and your surroundings,” Fletcher added.