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Bureau County Sheriff's Office
Monday October 26th, 2009 :: 04:35 p.m. CDT


Halloween is this Saturday. Be aware of children and pedestrians in all Bureau County communities. Sheriff Thompson

Halloween is this Saturday (although some communities may differ).

Bureau County Sheriff John Thompson and staff offer the following helpful Halloween safety tips

* Instruct your children never to enter the home of a stranger.
* Do not allow your children to go out alone.
* Instruct your children to stay in their own neighborhood and trick or treat at homes that have porch lights on.
* Children should wear costumes made of light colored material. If the costume is made of dark material, attach reflective tape to the costume to increase nighttime visibility.
* Children and adults should carry a flashlight.
* Children should walk on the sidewalks, not on the street.
* Masks can restrict vision. If your child wears a mask, make sure he or she removes it before crossing the street.
* Children should trick-or-treat only during the community specified hours.
* Children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween.
* Children should never eat any treats until they have been examined by the partents.
* Children should never accept rides from strangers.
* Children should never take shortcuts through backyards or alleys.
* Set a specific time limit for your children to be out on Halloween night.
* Trick or Treat in groups and instruct children not to stray from their group.
* An adult should escort children while trick-or-treating.
* Have a great time with your children!

Sheriff John Thompson and the men and women of the Bureau County Sheriff's Office

Bureau County Sheriff's Office
700 South Main Street
Princeton, IL 61356

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 815-875-3344

Sheriff John Thompson
Office of the Sheriff

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