West U Police Reminding Residents to be Safe This Halloween

October 28, 2011

With Halloween just days away, the West U Police Department is reminding residents to be safe this Halloween with the following tips:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase only those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Plan ahead to use only battery-powered lanterns or chemical light sticks in place of candles in decorations and costumes.
  • Teach children to know how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind them that 9-1-1 can be dialed free at any payphone.
  • Review with your children the principle of “Stop-Drop-Roll”, should their clothes catch on fire.
  • Openly discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior at Halloween time.
  • Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway. Check around your property for low tree limbs, support wires or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house.
  • Learn or review CPR skills to aid someone choking or having a heart attack.

When Trick-or-Treating:

A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. Remind trick-or-treaters:

  • By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen by others.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
  • Always walk. Never run across a street.
  • Only cross the street at corners or at established crosswalks.
  • Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street.
  • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble-seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will.
  • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
  • Never consume food items or drinks that may be offered.
  • No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
  • The police should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
InstantNewsWestu Staff

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