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Metter Police Department
Monday October 8th, 2012 :: 01:21 p.m. EDT

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun time of the year for all ages. Children often look forward to this day almost as much as they look forward to Christmas. Halloween can also be dangerous for kids as it places young children outside during darkness at a time when people are driving home from work. To make the best out of this fun day we need to do everything we can to protect our children and keep them safe. Here are some safety tips to help keep your kids safe on Halloween night.

Children should only go trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods or in familiar areas. Never, ever allow them to go into a stranger’s house.

If a house on the block looks too dark and has no decorations it may be best to go to the next house. Many people do not participate in Halloween or they may be away from their homes for the evening.

Children should be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Parents of young children should always be within sight when kids go out trick-or-treating.

If your child is older or a young teen going out with friends, make sure that the parents know where he/she is going and who they are going with. Make sure older children and teens have a curfew. If they find they are going to be late have them call you and let you know.

Children should always carry flashlights and wear light-colored costumes, or have reflective tape on them. Glow sticks can also be used to illuminate your child at night. Glow sticks are available at most home improvement stores and can easily be tied onto clothing or placed in the candy bag or plastic pumpkin used to hold candy. It should illuminate the bag as well.

Parents or responsible adults should always inspect the candies that children receive. Items that are unwrapped should be discarded, even though incidents of deliberate tampering with candy are very rare.

Children should be careful when they cross a street. Make sure they look in both directions and make sure that there are no cars coming. If they have a little brother or sister with them, tell them to take their hand and help them get across the street. Motorists should be particularly cautious and watchful for children who might dart into the street.

Make sure older children and teens know that vandalism is never cool. Throwing eggs and rolling houses is a crime and they can be arrested and punished as a juvenile.

Your Metter police officers will be out in the neighborhoods as much as possible during the ‘trick or treat’ hours to make sure the evening is uneventful and fun for all.

Metter Police Department
10 W Candler St
Metter, GA 30439

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 912-685-5437

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