Holiday safety tips important

Halloween, the one night of the year where children and adults get dressed up, try to scare each other and get an old fashion sugar buzz from all the candy they collect, is quickly approaching. The men and women of the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron along with support from local volunteers will have extra foot patrols out in each of our housing areas to include Clovis and Portales during the scheduled “Trick or Treat” hours of 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Halloween night.

Here are a few safety tips we (the older monsters) need to remember to make Halloween a fun and safe event:

Number 1: Be cautious for little goblins darting out from between parked cars, roadways, medians and curbs. Children get preoccupied with collecting candy and do not always remember to check the street before crossing.

Number 2: Wear brightly colored clothes, reflective belts or carry a flashlight. Motorist often have a hard time seeing little goblins in their spiffy little costumes. Be aware that long, flowing costumes can easily come in contact with open flames of porch jack-o-lanterns. Masks need to allow for sufficient vision and hearing.

Number 3: Watch your alcohol consumption and have a plan! Adults often frequent Halloween parties where alcohol is served. Costume parties can be great event; however, don’t forget to have a designated driver. The last thing anyone wants is to have an accident, especially one involving a child.

Please take extra care and use extreme vigilance when driving Halloween night. Let’s all do our part to ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween for everyone.

The 27 SOSFS/S5 is looking for volunteers to assist with The Pumpkin Patrol in our housing areas to include Clovis and Portales. Please contact Staff Sgt. Sarah Jolly at extension 784-6115 or email if you would like to volunteer during the scheduled “Trick or Treat” hours of 6p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.