Hartville Police Department offers Halloween safety tips

Just a reminder: The City does not change the date for traditional Trick-or-Treating, it is always October 31st. There is no particular time enforced, but we do suggest turning off the porch light by 9pm.
• Children should always be accompanied by an adult and are encouraged to wear bright clothing and masks that do not hinder their vision.
• If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
• Plan and review your child’s trick-or-treating route.
• Remind kids to accept treats only at the door.
• Everyone should wear a highly visible or reflective costume and carry a flashlight or glow sticks when trick-or-treating.
• Stay on sidewalks, walkways and paths. Always cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
• If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
• Remind kids to practice walking in their costumes to prevent trips and falls.
• Carry a charged cell phone in case of emergency.
• Drivers should slow down in residential neighborhoods and school zones.
• Check your child’s candy before you allow them to eat it.
• Report any suspicious person or activity to Police immediately by calling 911.

Author: mrollins

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