With Halloween approaching, the Perryville Police Department would like to remind parents and children alike to stay safe Oct. 31, particularly during trick-or-treating.
The Perryville Police Department has provided a detailed list of precautions and pointers to keep you and your family safe during the holiday. They include:
- 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.
- Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent from sliding over eyes.
- When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
- If a sword, cane or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt if he/she stumbles or trips.
- Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
- Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind trick-or-treaters to:
- Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
- Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom).
- Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
- Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing you. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will.
- Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
Other tips involve avoiding homes with barking dogs.
“Halloween is lots of fun for kids, but many dogs will be confused or upset by kids in strange costumes, and by lots of people coming to the door,” said Police Chief Keith Tarrillion.
He also urges that children should never accept candy that is not properly packaged or has been removed from its original packaging.
Also, Tarrillion encourages folks to drop by the PD on Halloween for a goodie bag of safety information along with some treats.
“To ensure a safe and fun Halloween, it is important to follow these safety tips,” he said. “During Halloween, drivers and pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings and everyone needs to take extra precautions to ensure they have a fun and enjoyable evening.”