Keeps kids safe this Halloween by following these Trick-or-Treating Tips!

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• Make sure to bring a flashlight and cellular phone on your trick-or-treat outing

• Walk, do not run, from house to house. Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks. Do not cross yards and lawns (unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards).

• Do not assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters; just because one car stops does not mean others will.

• Obey traffic and pedestrian safety rules.

• Do not eat treats until inspected by an adult at home. Adults should closely examine all treats and throw away unwrapped or suspicious items.

• Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps in the night.

• Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable, and they can obstruct a child's vision, a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.

• Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.

• Make sure costumes are flame retardant so children aren't in danger near burning jack-o-lanterns.

Help protect Trick-or-Treaters by following these driving safety tips on Halloween.

•Drivers should slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

•Drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas during trick-or-treating hours. This will allow you time to break if you see a child dart in front of you.

•Don’t use a cell phone of other electronic device while driving.

•Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway, they could be dropping of children.

•If you are dropping off or picking up your kids in an areas, pull off the road into a safe spot and turn on your hazard lights to alert other motorist. Parents be sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick, or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.

•Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they’ll be harder to see at night.

•Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.

•Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.

•Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.

•Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches



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