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Officials urge Halloween safety
Prepared for holiday on Saturday, Sunday
Officials urge residents to stay safe this Halloween weekend. Additional patrols will be out both Saturday and Sunday. - photo by File photo

Stay safe this Halloween weekend

The sheriff’s office offered the following safety tips:

• Make sure costumes are made of a flame-retardant material

• Give your child a cell phone so they can reach you in the event of an emergency

• Set a definite time for your child to return home

• Add reflective tape to costumes and candy bags for better visibility

• Have your child carry a flashlight and use it

• Encourage children to use driveways and sidewalks, and not run across yards where they could trip over decorations or other objects

• Trick-or-treat only in familiar neighborhoods at well-lit houses

• Adults planning to attend a Halloween party should not drink and drive. Use a designated driver for the trip home.

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Authorities are urging trick-or-treaters of all ages to avoid dangerous situations this weekend.

“We want everyone to have a safe and fun Halloween,” Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton said. “The last thing we want is to have a child injured during this special night.”

While there seems to be some confusion about when to celebrate the night known for ghouls, gobbling and giggles, Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said the agency is prepared for revelry on both Saturday and Sunday countywide.

“The traditional day for Halloween is Oct. 31,” Huggins said.

“We will have extra patrols on the [Oct.] 30 and 31 for people who want to celebrate Halloween on the non-traditional day.”

City of Cumming Police Chief Scott Burgess said kids are welcome to stop by the department on Veterans Memorial Boulevard from 4-8 p.m. Saturday for a little trick-or-treating as well.