22nd SFS, volunteers keep trick or treaters safe

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  • By Airman Erin McClellan
  • 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Halloween can be an exciting time of year for families, especially children, but it’s important to remember to stay safe while out trick or treating.

This year, trick or treating in base housing will be held Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. Off-duty personnel from the 22nd Security Forces Squadron will team up with volunteers to look out for the participants and ensure the event goes smoothly.

Staff Sgt. Mike Ruff, 22nd SFS electronics security systems NCO in-charge and Pumpkin Patrol organizer, said this event allows police officers to be shown in a positive light while protecting the base community.

“The more cops you have out there protecting everybody, the better,” said Ruff. “It’s less likely that something bad will happen. We’re doing this to make sure everyone has a safe, fun night of trick or treating.”

Participating security forces members will be wearing ABUs and reflective vests.

Despite the security provided by the Pumpkin Patrol, trick or treaters are encouraged to take some extra precautions. Below is a list of safety tips to keep children safe:

-Children should be accompanied by an adult. If they are old enough and responsible enough to go out without an adult, they should stay in a group and have a planned route and a way to contact parents in case of an emergency, such as a cell phone.

-Instruct kids to never go into the home or car of a stranger.

-Inspect all treats before allowing children to eat them and throw away any candy that isn’t sealed in the wrapper.

-Choose costumes that are fireproof, or treated with fire retardant, and ensure that costumes do not trip kids as they walk. Costume props should also be soft and smooth to help avoid injury.

-Drivers should be sure to drive slowly in residential areas and be aware of children at intersections and in roadways.