Let’s be careful out there

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Tonight’s the night for ghosts and goblins to take over and roam our city and county streets.

We have published several articles in the past week about using precautions to ensure safety on Halloween, but it never hurts to have a reminder.

The Selma City Council has set the official time for trick or treating from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight.

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Selma Police Chief Jimmy Martin said the SPD will be out in force to help make sure Selma’s children have a happy, safe Halloween.

Here are a few tips to help your children have a safe night:

Small children should always be accompanied by an adult.

Trick or treat in neighborhoods where you know the homeowners.

Only approach homes where the porch lights are lit. Homes with the porch lights off are not participating in Halloween and shouldn’t be approached.

Walk, do not run and stay on the sidewalk. Do not cut through yards. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the street facing traffic.

Make sure Halloween costumes are bright and reflective. Make sure shoes fit and costumes are short enough to avoid tripping.

Always carry a flashlight with fresh batteries.

Homeowners participating should make sure yards, porches and walkways are clear of things that could make someone trip.

Only candies or treats individually wrapped should be passed out.

Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when traveling during trick or treat hours. Pedestrians are advised to not assume they have the right of way.

Let’s watch out for the little ones and have a safe and happy Halloween.