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Patrols out Thursday night for Halloween safety

Posted: October 29, 2013 5:29 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County law enforcement will help make Thursday night a Happy Halloween for everyone. The Camden Police Department (CPD), Elgin Police Department (EPD) and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office will all have officers and deputies patrolling neighborhoods to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

CPD Chief Joe Floyd said many people celebrate Halloween on different nights when Halloween falls during the week. Floyd said there will be a lot of additional officers in Camden, so parents who would like to take their children out on Halloween night itself should feel safe knowing that there will be added patrols in high traffic Halloween stops in Camden.

Both Floyd and EPD Chief Harold Brown mentioned the numerous events taking place at churches on Wednesday and Thursday, if parents want to take their children to just one location. Rhame Arena will have a Trick-or-Treat night Thursday, where the CPD and other local organizations will hand out candy, Floyd said.

Floyd said Lyttleton, Fair and Mill streets are usually high traffic areas in Camden that draw children from other areas of the county. Brown said his officers will patrolling residential areas in Elgin, while Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said he usually amps up patrols on Halloween night.  

In order to have a “S.A.F.E.  H.A.L.L.O.W.E.E.N.” the Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the following:

• Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.

• Avoid trick-or-treating alone; walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

• Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

• Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them; limit the amount of treats you eat.

• Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you; always walk and don't run from house to house.

• Always test make-up in a small area first; remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation. 

• Look both ways before crossing the street; use established crosswalks wherever possible.

• Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

• Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe. 

• Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

• Eat only factory-wrapped treats; avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

• Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult, only visit well-lit houses, don't stop at dark houses and never accept rides from strangers.

• Never walk near lit candles or luminaries; be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

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