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Sikeston law enforcement wants to make sure you are practicing safe behavior for the holiday tomorrow

Oct 30, 2013 -- 4:41pm

A refresher in how to STAY ALIVE and SAFE for Halloween is ALWAYS a good idea. Sikeston DPS Captain Jim McMillen says most people know make up is better than a mask and that children should be chaperoned. However oftentimes they do not adhere to that advice. He tells KZIM KSIM Halloween is one of the deadliest nights of the year! "Mainly kids darting across the street from between cars, going house to house and then running across the steet again! It's a bad plan." Pediatrics websites cite roughly four times as many children are hurt or killed walking while trick or treating. Mc Millen recommends having a planned route and sticking to it. Also have a planned meeting place in case someone falls behind. Avoid homes with no lights and never go inside. He tells KZIM KSIM homeowners should prepare too… Clear the dangerous clutter from your front yard…"Whether it's a ladder out there while you're trying to put Christmas lights up early or whatever... kids can trip and hurt themselves. You're going to have a lot of foot traffic and it's dark, so clean it up at least for this night." Many of you will go to the mall or the YMCA instead of door to door. However safety rules still apply. Avoid open flames and put your pets in a secluded area to avoid conflicts with goblins. McMillen says there will be extra patrols – including bicycle cops – to watch for unsafe situations and of course… knuckle heads. Happy Halloween!

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