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Safety Tips for Halloween


Pelion, SC - With Halloween just around the corner, Pelion Police Chief Chris Garner has safety tips for parents and of course all the ghosts and goblins that will be running around on October 31. Although many of these tips are common sense, it is important to read through them with your family and even young drivers.

Parents:

• Always escort your children and carry a flashlight • Be familiar with the neighborhood where your children will be trick-or-treating • Set a specific time for your child/children to be out • Always know who is trick-or-treating with your children • Walk on the sidewalks and not in the middle of the street • Instruct your children NEVER to enter any homes • Stay in well-lighted areas • Inspect all treats before allowing children to eat them • Choose fireproof comfortable costumes made of light colored material so they can be easily seen in the dark • Consider placing reflective or glow in the dark tape on your children’s costumes • Have children avoid wearing eye makeup or masks, which will restrict their vision • Avoid having children carry replica firearms, swords, or toys which can be mistaken for the real thing • Give out only commercially wrapped candy • Teach children their home and/or parent’s cellular phone number in case they get lost • Consider a Halloween party at your residence instead of going out to trick-or-treat

Trick-or-Treaters

• Do not trick-or-treat by yourself • If props are carried, they should be made of soft rubber, Styrofoam, or other pliable material • Do not take short cuts, especially through alleys • Obey all traffic signals and look in all directions when crossing the street • Don’t run! Walk to your intended destination and don’t dart in and out of cars or driveways • If there are no side-walks stay as far left of the roadway as possible • Walk in the direction facing traffic • Only trick-or-treat at homes with their porch light on. Never approach a car offering candy • Wait until you get home before eating any treats

Homeowners

• Turn on your porch light so children know its ok to visit your home • If you are placing a Jack-O-Lantern on your porch, place a glow stick inside instead of a candle • Hand out only commercially wrapped candy • Never invite children into your home • Keep pets away from children • Maintain clear walkways that are free from obstruction • If using candles, keep them away from the path of children • Immediately notify law enforcement of any suspicious activity

Motorists

• Drive slowly and cautiously • Remember that children may be wearing dark clothing • Children may be wearing masks that limit their visibility – they may not see you • Look for children walking on the street, running, and darting in between parked vehicles • Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways • Avoid using your cell phone while driving because it will cause a distraction • Play your music at a reasonable volume so you can listen for potential children crossing your path • Never drink and drive!!!!!!

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The Pelion Police Department, under the leadership of Chief Christopher Garner serves the Town of Pelion and the surrounding community through community policing, community service, and protection of life and property.

Please direct media inquiries to the Pelion Police Department Public Information Officer, Sgt. TR Scofield by email, TScofield@pelion.sc.gov, or by phone, 803.894.2520

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