Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

The Monroe Police Department offers some tricks for staying safe this Halloween.
MONROE -- Monroe Police Sgt. Mark Johnson shares some tricks to staying safe this Halloween.

Halloween Safety Tips

Monroe Police Department

Don't use a cell phone or other electronic device while driving on Halloween night. 

Pay extra attention, particularly to crosswalks, intersections and the side of the road. Kids tend to walk along the curbs, cutting across the street to get to other homes. Keep scanning all around you as you drive, whether as thru traffic or along with your kids as they trick-or-treat. 

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, they could be dropping off children. 

Instruct your child to never get into the car of a stranger.  

Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars. Left them know if they carry a flash light to never shine it in the eyes of a driver. 

If you are dropping off or picking up your kids in an area, pull off the road into a safe spot and turn on your hazard lights to alert other motorists. If you go with your kids from door to door, leave the hazard lights on so other drivers can see your car parked there.

Know the route your kids will be taking if you aren't going with them. Let them know that they are to check in with you every hour, by phone or by stopping back at home. Make sure that they know not to deviate from the planned route so that you always know where they will be. 

Trick or treating isn't what it used to be. In most cities it's not safe to let kids walk the streets by themselves. Your best bet is to make sure that an adult is going with them. If you can't take them yourself, see if another parent or two can. 

Make sure you set a time that your kids should be home by. Make sure they know how important it is for them to be home on time or to call immediately if something happens and they are going to be delayed. 

Kids will be kids. Explain to kids of all ages the difference between tricks and vandalism. Throwing eggs at a house may seem funny but they need to know the other side of the coin as well, that clean up and damages can ruin Halloween for everyone. If they are caught vandalizing, make them clean up the mess they've made. 

Be sure to show your children know how to cross a street properly. They should always look both ways before crossing the street and should only cross at corners or crosswalks. Make sure that if you have more than one child, they know to take the hand of the younger child when they cross a street.

You should only purchase costumes that are made of flame retardant material. If they are home made, make sure you use fabrics that are inherently flame resistant, such as nylon and polyester. 

Try to work reflector strips into your child's costume, a flash light or light stick to make them more visible at night. This will make them more visible by drivers and you can keep an eye on them as well if they get ahead of you while out trick or treating. 

Make sure that your costume fits properly to avoid any accidents like tripping over a long dress or cape. Make sure that it is comfortable since it will probably be worn for several hours. Do not include high heel shoes or long dangling pieces of costume that could be tripped over.  

If they are carrying a prop such as a scythe or sword, make sure they are made out of a flexible plastic that will bend if fallen on. 

Be sure to pre-test any makeup you plan to use by applying a small amount on the arm of the person who will be wearing it for about thirty minutes a couple of days in advance. If a rash, redness, swelling, or any other signs of irritation develop where the makeup was applied, it could be a sign of a possible allergy or adverse reaction.  

If a mask is worn, make sure that the eye holes are big enough to see not only in front but peripherally as well. 

If going out with a group, choose or make the costume a unique one, so it can be spotted easily in a crowded area. Use flashing lights or jewelry to stand out. 


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