HALLOWEEN SAFETY

Here are some safety tips to keep your family safe on Halloween!

  • Do not trick-or-treat alone. A parent, approved adult or responsible older sibling should always accompany young children.

  • If older children are going out, plan and review the agreed-upon route, and set a specific time when they should return home.

  • Check costumes for choking and/or tripping hazards.

  • Inspect costume accessories, especially swords, knives, wands, guns, lightsabers, ninja stars or other toy weapons. They should be soft and flexible and unable to cause real harm … or undue alarm. (Side note for parents/escorts: If you are armed for safety, please make sure it’s safely concealed!)

  • Have charged cellphones with you at all times. (Do not keep them on silent.)

  • Use flashlights (with fresh batteries) and/or reflective tape or glow accessories for all children and escorts.

  • Stay in groups and communicate.

  • Travel together on well-lit streets and stay on the sidewalk (or use the far edge of the road, facing traffic).

  • Do not take shortcuts across yards or alleys. Use crosswalks or cross the streets at well-lit areas.

  • Don’t run!

  • Do not assume the right of way. Drivers may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters in costumes. (And just because one car stops doesn’t mean others will!)

  • Only go to homes with a porch light on, and never enter a home or a vehicle for a treat.

  • Stay clear of lit candles and luminaries and be careful not to trip on cords, support lines or other decorations.

  • Notify law enforcement immediately if you see any suspicious or unlawful activity.

HAVE FUN AND STAY SAFE!!!

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