Stay all right on fright night

Of­fi­cials urge com­mu­nity to keep guard up on Hal­loween

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - JACKIE GUTKNECHT jgutknecht@cov­news.com

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.

Bryan Fazio | The Cov­ing­ton News

Vol­un­teer Fredrick Carr works with Demetrius McFar­ley in a ring toss game at the Wash­ing­ton Street Com­mu­nity Cen­ter dur­ing its Hal­loween party Fri­day.

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