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Muskegon Police Department
Friday October 31st, 2014 :: 10:34 a.m. EDT


Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety Tips

Today is Halloween and youngsters will soon be out trick or treating. As they get ready to collect their Halloween treats, the Muskegon Police Department has a few tips to make this a fun and safe Halloween.

COSTUME SAFETY - There are steps parents can take to keep their little ghosts and goblins safe in their disguises:

• Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
• Use flame-resistant costumes.
• Use face makeup instead of masks, which can cover their eyes and make it hard to see.

BE SAFE WHILE OUT AND ABOUT - To maximize safety for the trick or treaters, plan a route ahead of time. Make sure adults know where children are going. If the children are young, a parent or responsible adult should accompany them as they walk through the neighborhood. Here are more safety tips to follow as children go from house to house:

Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight.
• Visit only the homes that have a porch light on.
• Accept treats at the door-never go inside.
• Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
• Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.
• Don’t cut across yards or use alleys.
• Don’t cross between parked cars.
• Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.

GREETING TRICK OR TREATERS - For those who expect to welcome trick-or-treaters at their door, they can make sure it’s fun for everyone by following a few tips:

• Make sure the outdoor lights are on.
• Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.
• Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
• Restrain pets.
• Use a glow stick instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard.

MOTORISTS - We encourage motorists to be on alert.

• Pay attention to crosswalks, intersections and the side of the road. Children will be having fun and concentrating on their next treat. Looking out for vehicles may not be a priority for them.
• Drive below the posted speed limit where trick-or-treating is active. If you are dropping off or picking up your children, pull off the road into a safe area and turn on your hazard lights to alert other motorists.”

The Muskegon Police Department plans to have extra manpower on the streets to promote safety during trick-or-treat hours.

Muskegon Police Department
980 Jefferson Street
Muskegon, MI 49440

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 231-724-6750

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