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Plantation Police Department
Thursday October 29th, 2009 :: 10:02 a.m. EDT


The Plantation Police Department wants everyone to have a safe and fun Halloween. Use common sense & think safety!

The Plantation Police Department wants everyone to have a safe and fun Halloween. Using safety tips and common sense can help you make the most of your Halloween season and make it as enjoyable for your kids as it is for you!
There are many ways to keep your child safe at Halloween, when they are more prone to accents and injuries. The excitement of children and adults at this time of year sometimes makes them forget to be careful. Simple common sense can do a lot to stop any tragedies from happening. Here are some easy to follow Halloween safety tips:
• Keep costumes simple. Long and fancy ones could cause children to trip. Costumes should also be fireproof if possible.
• Costumes should be made of white or light colored materials to be easily seen at night. Reflective patches or strips can also be added to the costume for more visibility when it is dark.
• Instead of wearing masks, paint faces with makeup. This will give a clear field of vision to see at night.
• Props, such as guns or swords should be made of Styrofoam or cardboard.
• Children should beware of pets; animals may react negatively to costumes.
• Have child’s name and address written on the inside of the costume and on the trick or treat bag!
• Obey all traffic rules. Watch for cars.
• Walk; do not run while going trick or treating.
• Cross only at corners. Never cross the street between parked cars or in the middle of the block.
• Walk on the sidewalk. Do not walk in the street.
• If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
• Drivers should be especially observant and should drive slowly through areas where children are trick or treating.
• At least one person in each group should carry a flashlight.
• Never eat anything until after an adult inspects the treats.
• Only give/accept wrapped or packaged candy.
• Notify the police if harmful items are found.
• Discuss with your children a pre-planned, well-lighted route to follow and make sure you know the area.
• Try to trick or treat when it is still light outside and be home by 9:00 p.m. at the latest.
• Know exactly what route your children are taking.
• Know which friends your children will be with.
• A responsible adult or teen should accompany each group.
• Have the children stay in your own neighborhood and only go to houses which have porch lights turned on.
• Leave your porch light on, so children will know it is okay to visit your home.
• Be suspicious of older children who come to your home more than once because they may be “casing” it for a burglary.
• Give your children small Halloween bags – these will be filled quickly and the kids will return home early.
• Attend safe Halloween parties at homes, schools, churches, or community centers. Report all criminal activities such as criminal mischief, rowdy groups of kids, speeding cars, etc.
Be a good goblin! Don't damage other people's property.

Plantation Police Department
451 NW 70th Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 954-797-2100

Bob Wilkins
Crime Prevention

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