Stay all right on fright night
Officials urge community to keep guard up on Halloween
Ghouls, ghosts and goblins will fill the streets of Newton County Monday night as residents embark on Halloween festivities throughout the county. Local emergency services are encouraging residents to keep a guard up this Halloween.
Allan Seabaran, of the Covington Police Department, encourages parents to make sure to keep a close watch on their children and not to leave them unattended during trick-or-treating or any other holiday outing.
“I would be wary about taking candy from strangers other than the houses they go to or any candy that looks like it has been tampered with,” he said.
Seabaran also urged residents to
steer clear of dressing up in a clown costume this Halloween, as to not be mistaken as someone involved in unlawful activity. Clown-related crimes, including robberies and children predators, have been reported throughout the country since August.
As another tip, before leaving your home to knock on doors and ask for candy, Seabaran encourages residents to double-check their home is properly secured and all doors and windows are locked.
Covington Fire Department Deputy Chief Tony Smith suggests citizens utilize the “SAFE HALLOWEEN” acronym while participating in Halloween festivities Monday evening.
“The Covington Fire Department hopes that everyone has a safe Halloween and fall season,” he said.
Before lighting the candle inside a jack-o-lantern, Newton County Fire Service Lieutenant Cydnie Taylor-Ridling said the department is urging residents to check the smoke alarms in their homes and prepare a fire escape plan due to the recent home fire fatalities in the state.
If you need help with installation of home smoke alarms or fire escape plans, call NCFS at 678625-5010.
Volunteer Fredrick Carr works with Demetrius McFarley in a ring toss game at the Washington Street Community Center during its Halloween party Friday.