Halloween Safety Tips from the Charleston PD

image002I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Halloween weekend! To make sure that happens, the Charleston Police have distributed the following Halloween Safety Tips:

* Carry a flashlight with you for visibility.
* Always stay in a group with an adult!
* Never enter a stranger’s house or car for a treat!
* Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the grass away from the street.
*Don't criss-cross the street. Go to all the houses on one side of the street, then cross and go back.

*Look both ways before crossing the street and if you are wearing a mask take it off.
* Wait until an adult can check your candy before you eat any of it.
* Only accept treats from neighbors or friends you know!

* Plan costumes that are bright and reflective! Consider adding more reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.

* Always carry flashlights.
* Masks can limit or block eyesight, consider makeup or cut the mask eyeholes bigger so they can see. Remind children to remove their masks to cross the street!
* We recommend that children do not use props like guns, knives, or swords. However, if they are used, make sure they don’t look too real!
* Clear hazards from your property. Remove obstacles such as flower pots and garden hoses, so children won’t trip on them rushing from house to house.
* Remind your children not to eat the candy until an adult has checked their treats!
* Your child’s school may be having a Halloween party. Call the School and ask.
* For older children, Please explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism.

* Trick-or-Treating should done at reasonable hours, but must stop at 10pm (City Ordinance)

* No one over 16 may wear a mask in public, and even that is ONLY allowed for actual Trick-or-Treat activities. If attending a late night or costume party, people must wait until they arrive to put on any masks.

* Place a “NO MASKS” sign on your business door in case a person forgets

* Heighten your awareness and be cautious of purchases that may have the potential to cause personal injury or property damage – such as paint ball guns or large quantities of eggs.
* Drive slowly and cautiously through your neighborhoods. Remember children may not look before crossing the street.

Please report any suspicious activity immediately (743-7200).

As always in an emergency call 911."

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