Tips for a Safe Halloween

Halloween has been celebrated in the United States on October 31, since the early 1800s. While many municipalities celebrate this on different days, the holiday is traditionally a family-oriented holiday when children get to dress in costume and enjoy candy and other treats. In order to assist the Newberry Township, York Haven Borough and Goldsboro Borough communities in enjoying this fun-filled holiday as safely as possible, the Newberry Township Police Department has compiled the following Halloween Safety Tips for children and their parents.

Adults

  • Make sure the path to your door is clear, welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and turn on any exterior lights.
  • Patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief and crimes against children.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the Newberry Township Police immediately.   See something say something call 9-1-1.
  • Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.

Motorists

  • Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle.  Be on the alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.
  • Drive Extra Safely on Halloween
  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  •  Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  •  Popular trick-or-treating hours are 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Children

  • Do not go inside anyone’s home. Remain on the porch at all times.
  • Do not accept rides from strangers and be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not.
  • Walk Safely
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. 
  • Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • Remind kids to keep a safe distance from moving cars.
  • Do not take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.
  • Do not eat any treats until parents have inspected them.
  • Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.
     

Trick or Treat with an Adult

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.


 

- See more at: http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips