Have a good time this Halloween but be safe about it

This week my heart is a little heavy after hearing about an accident at a fall festival earlier in the week. The week of Halloween is supposed to be filled with fun and frights. Instead there is a family thanking God their child was not taken from them by an accident.

I love this season, but I don’t like to hear about all the accidents that sometimes come along with it.

During my career, I’ve had to report on my share of fall accidents. In 2002, I had to report on my first hayride injury. I was working part time at the local radio station as a news director when word got out that a small child was injured while trick-or-treating. The child did not survive. Her mother accidentally ran over her while leaving a residence because she didn’t realize her preschooler wasn’t in the vehicle with her other children. No charges were brought against the mother, but I have no doubt the incident haunts her to this very day.

In 2006, I was the rookie reporter at the newspaper in Russellville, Ala. when we heard about a boy who was run over after falling off a hayride. He was in the hospital for weeks, but eventually made a full recovery.

I could go on and on with such reports, but I won’t. Instead, I want to take a moment to urge adults to take caution this Halloween.

A friend of mine in Alabama, who happens to be a police officer, posted safety information earlier this week on his Facebook page. I wanted to share this information with you.

Be sure to:

• Wear reflective clothing.

• Carry a flashlight or glow stick.

• Trick-or-treat in groups only.

• Children should always be with adults.

• Do not enter any homes of strangers.

• Use sidewalks when possible or walk on the edge of the streets. Do not walk in the middle of the street.

• Parents should inspect all their children’s candy before allowing them to eat anything.

• During any Halloween festivity, make safety a priority.

I know some of this stuff sounds common sense, but you would be surprised how many people are injured during Halloween festivities.

Be safe, and have a happy Halloween this week.

<em>Melissa Cason is a staff writer for the Advance Monticellonian. She can be reached at 367-5325.</em>

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