Lets keep our kids safe this Halloween!
Safety tips from the Peoria Police Department
Halloween is Tuesday, October 31, and the Peoria Police Department would like to remind you of some safety tips to help keep our kids safe while they enjoy their night of trick-or-treating.
Some major safety tips to remember are:
Children should be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult who will keep the children in sight at all times. CONSTANT ADULT SUPERVISION IS A MUST!
Drivers - please slow down in neighborhoods and watch closely for the kids.
Kids should not go to any house or apartment that is dark and NEVER enter any house or apartment unless you know the resident.
Make sure the costumes do not block the childs vision and are short enough to prevent tripping and falling.
If a mask is worn, make sure eye holes and nose holes are large enough to allow full visibility and so breathing is not hampered.
Be certain that masks, wigs, beards and hats fit securely.
Non-toxic face paint or make-up is a great alternative to a face mask.
Do not allow children to carry knives, swords or other props unless they are soft and flexible.
Buy or make Halloween costumes that are light or bright enough to make them more visible to motorists at dusk and in the dark.
Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips:
Give trick-or-treaters flashlights so they can see well and be seen more clearly.
Decorate or trim all costumes with reflective tape that glows in the beam of a car's headlights. Place reflective strips on the sleeves or treat bag.
Warn children not to run out from between parked cars or across lawns and yards where tripping dangers may be present.
Parents should caution all children to use the sidewalk or walk toward oncoming traffic and not to run from house to house.
Allow trick-or-treating only in familiar neighborhoods and along a pre-established route. Designate a specific time for children to return home.
Have children restrict their trick-or-treat calls to homes with porch or other outside lights on as a sign of welcome. Children should always use the "buddy system" and never go places alone.
Make your homes safer for visiting trick-or-treaters by removing breakable items or obstacles from your yard.
Parents should check all candy before their children eat any of it. If its not commercially made and wrapped, dont eat it. A safe rule of thumb for Halloween candy received is When in doubt, throw it out.
The Peoria Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween!
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