Halloween is coming up on Sunday, October 31 and to get ready the Dalton Police Department is reminding citizens of some important ways to stay safe when Trick-or-Treating:
- Only Trick-or-Treat at homes with front porch lights on.
- Make sure that children, especially young children, don’t Trick-or-Treat alone. Have a parent or trusted adult should always go along.
- Make sure that your child’s costume can easily be seen by passing drivers. If it’s a dark-colored costume, use reflective tape to make sure that it shows up in a car’s headlights.
- When dropping off Trick-or-Treaters by car, make sure not to block traffic lanes.
- Keep in mind that masks can restrict your vision, so consider using make-up effects instead. If wearing a mask, take it off when crossing the street.
- Always use sidewalks and cross the street only at crosswalks
- Have identification like home address and phone number inside a child’s costume, in case they become separated from their escort.
- Make sure children know their home phone number.
- Make sure to have a flash light if you’ll be out after dark.
- Don’t cut through yards or alleyways.
- Never go into a stranger’s house for treats.
- Make sure to check children’s treats before they eat them.
It’s also important for drivers to keep in mind that there will be more pedestrians near roads than normal on Halloween, especially in residential neighborhoods. Slow down and stay alert.
If you’re planning to attend a Halloween party where alcohol is involved, make sure to designate a driver or have the number of a cab company before you go. Do not drink and drive.
The Dalton Police Department hopes that keeping these tips in mind will help you have a safe and happy Halloween!