Grove City Record

Police offer Halloween safety tips

Grove City's Trick-or-Treat will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, and the Grove City Division of Police has released safety tips for residents to ensure a safe and happy Halloween.

Before Trick-or-Treat

* Prepare a costume that is easy to walk and be seen in. It is best to wear a non-flammable material.

* Add reflective tape to costumes and carry a flashlight at all times.

* Make sure the eyeholes on masks are large enough to see through or use face paint as an alternative. If a child does wear a mask, instruct him/her to take it off before crossing the street.

* Plan a route ahead of time with children, picking streets that are well-lit and they know well.

* Children should be accompanied by a parent, older sibling or group.

* Teach kids how to call 9-1-1 if they get lost or in an emergency. If the child is old enough, give them a cell phone to carry.

* Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within the costume or on a bracelet.

During Trick-or-Treat

* Travel in a group and hold on to treat bags tightly.

* Only stop at houses with well-lit porches.

* Travel in a familiar neighborhood.

* Cross the street only at corners. Never cross between parked cars or the middle of the block.

* Walk on well-lit streets and stay on the sidewalk.

* Watch out for candles in jack-o-lanterns that may catch clothes on fire.

* Never go into the home of a stranger, even if invited inside for a treat.

* If there is no sidewalk, stay as far left off the roadway as possible and walk facing traffic.

After Trick or Treat

* Parents should sort and check treats in a well-lit area before eating.

* Throw away candy or food that is not wrapped and sealed by a candy or food company. Carefully check all wrappers for signs of tampering.

* Always wash and cut open fruit before taking a bite.

* If any harmful items are found, notify the Grove City Division of Police immediately at 614-277-1710.

Drivers are also encouraged to practice additional caution because of high pedestrian traffic that evening.

The Grove City Division of Police will have many officers working during these holiday activities for your protection.

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