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Halloween Safety Tips from PBA Patrol
Posted on Oct 20th, 2019

-Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
-Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.
-Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.
-Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
-Be careful when you cross a street. Make sure to look in both directions and make sure that there are no cars coming. If you have a little brother or sister with you, take their hand and help them get across the street, too. If the street has a stop light, wait until the cross walk light tells you that it is okay to cross now, but still check before you cross, look both ways.
-Choose bright costumes, and have children carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible. (Hint – Try adding reflective tape to costumes and candy bags!)
-Never, ever go into a strangers house or even ring their door for treats unless your parents are with you and say that it’s okay.
-Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats.
-Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.
-Never accept rides from strangers.
-Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
-Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
-Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home telephone number, and address in case you are separated.
-Consider giving them a cellphone so they can reach you easily.
-Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.
-Teach children to say “NO!” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. Tell them to try everything they can to escape, including yelling, hitting, and kicking, 
Have a safe and happy Halloween, see you in the neighborhood.
Lt. Jeff Baxter