Illinois State Police provides
tips for Halloween safety
There is no trick to being safe - just
treat yourself to these tips.
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[October 31, 2017]
Halloween is just around
the corner, and kids are thinking about their costumes and all of
the candy they will be receiving. They are not thinking about the
dangers they could face during the nighttime trick-or-treating
festivities. Illinois State Police (ISP) District 09 Commander,
Lieutenant Chris Owen, offers a few tips for a safe Halloween.
Stay off the roadway unless crossing the street, and always
cross the street at crosswalks or unobscured intersections.
A responsible adult should accompany children while
Ensure children know their address and phone number. If they
do not know it, attached it to their clothes.
Flashlights and/or reflective tape should be used so drivers
can see trick-or-treaters.
If unaccompanied, children should only travel in familiar areas
and along pre-established routes.
Children should never enter a home or an apartment building
unless accompanied by an adult.
Set a time for older children to return home.
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Trick-or-treating visits should be restricted to homes
with porch or outside lights illuminated.
Watch for jack-o-lanterns lit with candles as costumes may brush against
the candle flame and catch fire.
A responsible adult should examine treats prior to consumption by the
child. Homemade treats should be avoided.
Drivers are reminded to drive slowly; keep their eyes on the road, not
their cell phone; and watch for children darting into the street.
District 09 Commander Owen stated “Halloween is an exciting time of year for our
youth and it is a good opportunity for families to make valuable memories.
However, we must not forget to remain vigilant over our children. Parents and
guardians should be alert for suspicious activities and report such observations
to law enforcement immediately”
[Tpr. Sean T. Ramsey
Safety Education Officer
Illinois State Police District 09]