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Safety & Prevention

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Costume Safety:

■Wear flame retardant costumes.
■Make sure your Halloween costume is colorfast so the color doesn't run onto your other clothes if it rains.
■Try on costumes before Halloween to allow time for altering.
■Hem your costumes so you don't trip and fall.
■Apply reflective tape to your Halloween costumes.
■Avoid cumbersome masks. Use make-up instead.
■Use only hypoallergenic and non-toxic makeup.
■Wear comfortable, practical shoes.
■Double tie your shoelaces so you don't trip.
■Keep your costume and wig away from candles.
■Don't carry fake swords, guns, knives or similar accessories that look authentic. Make sure they're flexible and cannot harm anyone.

Trick-or-Treating Tips:

■Plan your route ahead of time.
■Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods.
■Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries after dark.
■Take along money for a phone call.
■Wear identification that's easy to read.
■Always trick or treat in groups, accompanied by an adult.
■Follow a curfew and take a watch with a backlight.
■Stay on the sidewalks and out of the streets. Cross only at intersections and designated crosswalks.
■Walk. No running.
■Don't trample through flower beds and gardens.
■Watch out for open flames in jack-o-Lanterns.
■Walk with your head up and be aware of your surroundings.
■Only visit well lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses.
■Don't enter any houses unless you know the people.
■Carry a spare Halloween bag, in case yours breaks or you fill your original one.
■Don't approach unfamiliar pets and animals.
■Don't cut across yards and stay out of backyards.
■Follow traffic signals and don't jaywalk.
■Always watch for cars backing up or turning.
■Review the "stop, drop and roll" procedure in case your costume catches on fire.
■Never accept rides from strangers.
■Respect other people and their property.
■Be polite and say "thank you."
■Don't eat any candy until it's inspected for tampering under bright lights.
■Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade.
■Small children should not be allowed hard candy they may choke on.
■Report any suspicious or criminal activity to an adult or the police.
■Consider having a party instead of Trick or Treating.

Questions about this article can be directed to Sgt. Tynan via email at dtynan@hackettstownpd.net 
or at (908) 852-3302.