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Law enforcement and health departments stress importance of safety on Halloween

Published: Oct. 29, 2021 at 9:12 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Halloween is right around the corner and local law enforcement and health departments are reminding people to stay safe this Sunday. Halloween brings out kids out after dark to enjoy tricks and treats, and Grand Island Police Captain, Jim Duering, said its important to stay aware of your surroundings when out-and-about.

“A lot of our Halloween incidents are actually car-pedestrian related so, what we like the kids to do is wear a glowstick or a flashlight, a reflective clothing, something that makes them more visible,” Duering said.

He added, when kids wear costumes that have masks, it limits their peripheral vision, meaning, they may not be able to see cars as easily. Duering said, this is why it is important to drive slow and keep on the look out.

While costume masks may potentially be dangerous when looking out for cars, Central District Health Department Community Health Supervisor, Kamrie Peterson, said wearing a face covering as protection from COVID-19 may be wise in certain situations while trick-or-treating.

“In large groups and being around people that they’re not usually around, we would recommend wearing masks, we would recommend wearing masks,” Peterson said. “We would recommend extra hand washing, being that they’re just going to be at different people’s houses that they don’t normally come into contact with.”

She said, people handing out candy are also recommended to wear a mask and wash their hands throughout and frequently to protect themselves and their guests.

After trick-or-treating, Duering said parents should dump out their kids candy to check for any tampered with or apparent opened packaging before digging into any of the tasty treats.

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