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White County EOC
Friday October 30th, 2009 :: 09:07 a.m. EDT

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Halloween Safety Tips on our website at www.whitecounty.net -- Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year and the threat of danger to our children, however slight, raises concerns about potential safety issues. But the White County Emergency Management Agency joins the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) in encouraging children and their parents to celebrate the day safely.

Emergency managers are working with local public safety officials in the community to ensure that safety guides Halloween festivities.

“White County public safety agencies encourage parents and children to follow basic safety tips that can decrease the chances of injury or illness during this season”, David Murphy, Director – Office of Emergency Management.

Some basic Halloween safety recommendations:

• Children should only go trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods or in familiar areas.
• Children should be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.
• Children should not enter the homes of strangers.
• Children should carry flashlights, and wear light-colored costumes or have reflective tape on them.
• Parents or responsible adults should inspect the candies that children receive. Items that are unwrapped should be discarded, even though incidents of deliberate tampering with candy are rare.
• Motorists should be particularly cautious and watchful for children who might dart into the street.

Additional information on Halloween safety is available on the following Web sites:

Consumer Product Safety Commission: www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/hallow.html
National Confectioners Association: www.candyusa.org
White County EMA: www.whitecounty.net/emergency_managment/ema.htm

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White County EOC
1241 Helen Hwy
Cleveland, GA 30528

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Non-emergencies: 706-865-9500

White County Emergency Operations
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ema@whitecounty.net
706-865-0911

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