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Take safety precautions around trick or treaters

Trick or treaters in Marietta and many surrounding communities will be hitting the streets this weekend. Let’s all do our best to make sure the Halloween tradition is fun, not tragic.

Most trick-or-treating safety guidelines are simply common sense, but sometimes we can get caught up in the excitement and forget.

Please, teach children to walk and not run when crossing the street and to never dart out from behind a parked car. The old look left, right and left again when crossing the street still applies. If there are no sidewalks, make sure to walk facing traffic. Also remind older children (or the adults accompanying the youngsters) to make sure to look up from devices and pay attention to traffic.

Aside from rules of the road, we all need to make sure our children’s costumes are safe before they head out the door.

Reflective tape and stickers, either on the costume, or bag for treats, helps kids be more visible in the dark. Be careful of masks that might obstruct a child’s vision and costumes that are too long and can be a tripping hazard.

For those driving during trick-or-treating hours, turn your headlights on even if it’s not quite dark and be more alert looking for pedestrians.

Whenever it takes place in your community, make trick or treating a good experience for everyone.

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