Safety tips for trick or treating

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Oct. 31 is Halloween and many are getting ready right now to go trick or treating. There are some things you should know before heading out the door.

One safe alternative is Trunk or Treat, instead of having your children go out in the neighborhood. But if you are planning to head out in a neighborhood in Chatham county, follow these suggestions:

  1. Go in groups
  2. Always carry a flashlight or wear a reflective costume so drivers can see you. Stay on the sidewalk not in the middle of the street
  3. Go to homes with lights
  4. Check the Chatham County Sheriff's Office Sex Offender website.

WTOC spoke with Lt. Thomas Demaio, who says they want to make sure they are doing their part to make this a safe Halloween.

"You are in your own neighborhood and you have your own false sense of security but in law enforcement when the sun goes down that is when we get busy. The last thing we want is a group of children who just want to have fun and they get hurt," said Demaio.

The Chatham County Sheriff's Office is going to be out in ten different neighborhoods and they will be passing out reflective wrist bands, Halloween bags, and of course, some candy. The purpose of them being out is to help patrol some of these neighborhoods and make sure this Halloween goes as safe as possible for children.

Trick or Treating will go until 9 p.m.

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