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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With Halloween taking place next Wednesday, the Tallahassee Police Department is issuing its annual “Halloween Safety Tips”, along with some additional information to help keep Trick-or-Treaters as safe as possible.
Officers will be conducting their normal patrols throughout residential neighborhoods.
The following are some Halloween Safety tips offered by TPD’s Community Relations Unit:
•Never allow your children to Trick-or-Treat alone. It is always better to have an adult accompany a group of children.
•The safest time to Trick-or-Treat is before dark or at dusk.
•Make sure costumes will not cause children to trip. Wear comfortable shoes.
•Make sure costumes are fire retardant.
•Use make-up instead of a mask. If a mask is used, remove it while walking due to restricted visibility.
•Use light colored clothing or reflective material on costumes.
•Limit Trick-or-Treating to your own neighborhood or other areas you know well.
•Never let your children go into another person’s house for any reason, especially those you don’t know.
•Only stop at houses that have outside lights on. When outside lights are off, it’s an indicator that the occupants don’t want to be disturbed.
•Advise children not to eat any candy or goodies they receive until they return home. Parents should inspect all candy before it’s eaten! Only eat unopened treats that are in the original wrapper.
•Carry a flashlight or other light source and be very careful of moving vehicles.
•Since Halloween falls on Sunday, some Neighborhood Associations have planned Halloween activities on Saturday. To be sure, check with your local association for more information.
Motorists are urged to be especially careful when traveling Halloween night. Travel slower than the posted speed limit and watch for any children that may dart across your path unexpectedly.