Garner Fire-Rescue gives safety tips for Halloween

October 28, 2013 

Last year’s Halloween event drew costumed trick-or-treaters to White Deer Park.

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If Halloween turns sour for anyone, Garner Fire-Rescue will be the group that answers the call for help.

“Halloween is a night for everyone to be on guard for pedestrians” said Capt. Bud Davenport. “People need to be vigilant during the late afternoon and early evening hours everywhere, but especially in residential areas.”

Everyone can have a good time by following some basic safe practices. Almost four times as many children ages 5 to 14 are killed while walking on Halloween night, compared to other evenings of the year.

The agency advises revelers to use sidewalks when possible, or walk on the left side of the road facing traffic. Make sure at least one person in the group carries a flashlight and a cell phone for emergency calls. Costumes should be flame resistant and accented with reflective tape. Davenport reminds families that they should always inspect treats for signs of tampering, and throw out anything that has come unwrapped.

Garner Fire-Rescue will participate in the Town’s Trick or Treat the Trails at White Deer Park on Halloween from 3 to 6 p.m. This is a family friendly event that draws many out to gather goodies in a safe atmosphere. There will only be foot traffic, so everyone can feel safe walking the trails.

Davenport hopes that safety precautions will make the night a good one for everyone. “We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable evening, and hopefully we’ll have a quiet one, also,” he said.

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