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Halloween Safety

Kids love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house. But for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety. To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, here is a list of Halloween safety tips. Before Halloween arrives be sure to choose a costume that wont cause safety hazards.

Halloween Safety Tips:

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, keep heads up and walk, dont 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.

Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

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 childs 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.

Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

Take the extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs.

Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.

Get rid of any distractions - like your phone - in your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM Be especially alert for kids during those hours.

And please dont hesitate to call your Police Department any time at (435) 634-5730 if you see suspicious activity or need our help. We would rather respond and check the situation out and have it be nothing than for you not to call. It is important to call us at the time it is occurring if you are able to, and not wait until later.

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