- Saturday October 30th, 2010 :: 03:19 p.m. CDT
Mt. Juliet will observe Halloween on Sunday, October 31st. Safety info contained in full message. Be Smart, Be Safe.
From everyone at Mt. Juliet Police, we wish you a safe and enjoyable Halloween.
FOR TRICK-OR-TREATERS AND ALL PEDESTRIANS:
- Wear bright colors and/or reflective clothing, and carry a flashlight....glow sicks are a good addition as well.
- Always walk facing traffic when a sidewalk is not available.
- Stay on sidewalks and cross walks where available, and cross at intersections. Cross only when it is clear, keep watching for cars as you cross.
- Young children should always go trick-or-treating with an adult.
- Older children should never trick-or-treat alone. Have at least 2 buddies go with you.
- Plan your entire route and make sure your family knows what it is.
- Make sure that you are wearing a flame retardant costume. Be careful of lit jack-o-lanterns.
- Be very cautious of strangers. Never get in their vehicle...ever!
- Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside a house. Only trick or treat at houses where the porch light is on and well lit.
- Take a cell phone with you if possible.
- Parents...explain to kids of all ages the difference between tricks and vandalism. Throwing eggs at a house may seem funny but they need to know the other side of the coin as well, that clean up and damages can ruin Halloween for everyone. If they are caught vandalizing, make them clean up the mess they've made.
FOR ADULTS AND ALL DRIVERS:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin. Please designate a sober driver or sober ride. If you didn't plan ahead use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation where available so you are sure to get home safely.
- Teens... if you do drink (please don't!), remember your parents would rather have a call to pick you up from a party than to identify you at the morge. Always call for a ride!
- Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle, and slow down. Be on the alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.
- Many accidents occur when motorists are backing vehicles out of driveways. Make absolutely sure there are no small children behind your car.
- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, call 911 immediately.
- Report any suspicious or criminal activity by calling 911.
Whether you’ve had one too many or way too many it is just not worth the risk. Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving, so don’t get behind the wheel.
And if you do drive, remember the Police will be out in force. We will be more than happy to be your sober drivers....to County Jail.
FOR PET OWNERS:
- Don't leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween.
- Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets. Chocolate is poisonous to a lot of animals. Tin foil and candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.
- Be careful of pets around a lit pumpkin. Pets may knock it over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned.
- If you do dress up your dog, make sure the costume isn't constricting, annoying or unsafe. Be careful not to obstruct their vision and get your dog used to wearing his/her costume before the actual date of Halloween.
- All but the most social dogs should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours; many strangers in strange garb can be scary for a dog.
- Be careful your cat or dog doesn't dart out through the open door.
- Walk your dog early in the night, before it gets dark.
City of Mt. Juliet
2425 North Mount Juliet Road
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Mt. Juliet Police Department