Sheriff Everett’s Pre-Halloween Safety Tips Halloween is right around the corner and Chattooga County Sheriff John Everett offers the following safety tips as you prepare for this year’s Halloween celebration: Buy or make costumes that are bright and reflective. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility. When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories purchase only those with a label indicating they are flame resistant. Make sure that the costume and shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame. Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet. Because a mask can limit or block eyesight, consider using non-toxic and hypoallergenic makeup or a decorative hat as a safe alternative. Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury. Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts. Consider giving children a cell phone to use while away from home. Teach children their home phone number and to how call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost. While children can help with the fun of designing a Jack O’ Lantern, leave the carving to adults. Openly discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior at Halloween time.