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.
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!!!