October 26, 2017
Moncks Corner, SC — A safe Berkeley County Halloween will mean parents were watching their children and drivers were watching the roads. From driving tips to costume tips to medical tips some Berkeley County first responders provide their suggestions for this year's event.
"It's important for parents with young children to be aware of traffic when crossing streets. There are a lot of things that can distract them from drivers," said Moncks Corner Medical Center Emergency Medicine physician Scott Hayes, MD.
Berkeley County Sheriff's Department First Lieutenant Jason Potteiger agrees and add, "Drivers should enter and exit driveways carefully. At twilight and later in the evening watch for children in dark costumes. And, if you're a new or inexperienced driver consider not driving during peak trick or treat hours."
Berkeley County Emergency Management Services Battalion Chief Abigail Brice-Nash adds, "Parents, especially those with young children, should never let their children go out alone. Also, consider going during safe trick or treat times. And, masks can make breathing difficult for young children. Face paint is a good alternative, but wash it off before the child goes to sleep."
"Halloween can be both fun and safe by following these tips. They'll help protect adults and our children," explained Kenneth Perry, MD, emergency medicine physician at Moncks Corner Medical Center.