Local law enforcement releases halloween safety tips

Local law enforcement releases halloween safety tips
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POSTED: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 7:04pm

Local authorities have issued a list of halloween safety tips.

Here's the list:

Trick-or-treaters

- Always use common sense.
- Use the restroom before leaving home.
- Plan your entire route and discuss it with the family before leaving home.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Older kids should walk with friends.
- Parents should accompany young children.
- The brighter the better – Wear reflective costumes to help drivers see you.
- Accept treats in the doorway and never go into a stranger’s home.
- Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
- Do not take shortcuts through back yards and alleys.
- If it's dark, make sure someone has a flashlight.
- Visit only houses where the lights are on.
- Be very cautious of strangers.
- Do not eat any treats until parents have inspected them.
- You may want to give your child a cell phone for the evening should he/she need to contact you. But also, make sure that your child knows his/her address, phone number, and your first and last name. If they drop or lose the cell phone that contains all your information, they can fall back on the old fashioned way.

Drivers

- Drivers should exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be on alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks or darting out into traffic.
- Don't use a cell phone or other electronic device while driving on Halloween night.
- Drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas during trick-or-treating hours. This will allow you time to break if you see a child dart in front of you.
- Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway.
  

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