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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Below are some excellent safety tips for Trick-or-Treating on Halloween

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  1. Children should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If juveniles are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  2. Do not trick-or-treat at homes where they do not have an outside light on or if it is not obvious that they are expecting visitors.
  3. Children should be reminded to never enter a stranger's home.
  4. Tell your children not to eat treats until they return home and have you inspect them first.
  5. Allow children to eat only unopened candies an in original wrappers.

Walk Safely

  1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  2. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
  3. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  4. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  5. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  6. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls and is flame-retardant. 

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hour.

Report suspicious activity and criminal activity to police by calling 911.