Halloween is a fun day full of costumes and candy, but the most important aspect of the holiday is safety. Here’s a few tips to ensure you and your children have a frightfully good time tonight.
Trick or Treaters:
Children of all ages should be accompanied by an adult.
Remember to carry a flashlight.
Walk, do not run.
Stay on the sidewalk. If your community does not have a sidewalk, walk on the far right side of the roadway.
Obey traffic signals.
Before crossing the street, always look in both directions twice to make sure there is no vehicular traffic.
Stay in your neighborhood or familiar communities.
Make sure costumes do not drag on the ground.
Avoid wearing masks. Use face paint whenever possible.
Wear costumes or clothing with reflective markings or tape. For added visibility, consider using “glow sticks” and/or reflective tape attached to the costumes or bags.
Only approach homes that have porch lights on.
Stay away from, and do not pet, unfamiliar animals.
Be sure your child eats dinner before setting out.
Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home.
Tell children of all ages to bring the candy and goodies home to be inspected before consuming anything. Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that appears to have been opened. If you suspect candy tampering, call the police non-emergency number at 573-2800.
Review the Delaware Sex Offender Registry at http://desexoffender.dsp.delaware.gov/SexOffenderPublic/#. Law enforcement authorities will be working to ensure that registered sex offenders are not participating in the Halloween activities and are in compliance with requirements, but it is always a good idea to be familiar with locations of convicted sex offenders living in your neighborhood.
Motorists are being asked to not only drive with extreme caution, but also to drive extra slow in neighborhoods and residential areas.
Children will be walking house to house and depending on the availability of sidewalks, may be near or actually on the roadway
With all the trick or treating excitement, children may inadvertently dart across the street into the path of moving vehicles
Ensure your outdoor lighting is on.
Clear your yard of things such as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots.
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Battery-powered jack o’lantern candles are preferable to a real flame. If you use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick or treaters will be walking or standing.
Make certain paper or cloth yard decorations won’t be blown into a lit candle.