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Police offer tips to stay safe on Halloween

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FOR MOTORISTS:

  • Stay alert for increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Halloween night.
  • Be patient and SLOW DOWN! Give children lots of time to cross the street. Costumes may impair their ability to see and hear you and to get out of your way quickly. Young children may lack the physical ability to cross a street quickly. They do not effectively evaluate potential traffic threats, cannot anticipate driver behavior and process sensory information more slowly than adults.
  • Excited kids may forget to "stop, look and listen" before crossing the street. Since they may be trying to visit as many houses as possible within a specific time period, children could quickly dart in front of your car.
  • Drive defensively. Don't assume that a pedestrian will move in a predictable manner. Expect the unexpected.
  • Be extra cautious in areas where vehicles are parked along the side of the street. Trick-or-treaters may dart into traffic from between parked cars.
  • Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood. Also watch for children walking on medians and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.

FOR PARENTS and CAREGIVERS:

  • Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights or "glow sticks."
  • Dress children in costumes that are light-colored and clearly visible to motorists.
  • Costumes should be no longer than ankle-length to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Use face paints or make-up rather than masks that could impair vision.
  • Wear light-colored clothing or add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Children should wear comfortable, well-fitting, sturdy shoes.
  • Wear flame-resistant costumes. Avoid paper costumes.
  • Small children should be accompanied by adults.
  • Older children should stay in groups.
  • Avoid capes that could pose strangulation risks by getting caught on structures or protrusions your child may encounter.
  • Make sure props such as swords, scythes, pitchforks, spears, wands or knives are flexible (not rigid) with smooth or rounded tips to prevent eye or other injuries if fallen on.
  • If driving children to trick-or-treat, make sure they exit vehicle on the curb side and not the traffic side.
  • Instruct your children not to eat any candy until they bring it home and you examine it thoroughly. Inspect commercially wrapped candy for tampering (unusual appearance, discoloration, tiny pinholes or tears in wrappers). Discard anything suspicious. Throw out homemade treats.
  • Do not permit children to bicycle, roller-blade or skateboard while wearing a costume.
  • Secure identification (name, address phone number) on or within a child's costume.
  • Teach children their home phone number and how to call 9-1-1 if they become lost or have an emergency. (9-1-1 service can be dialed free from any phone).
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