HPD:Tips for a Safe Halloween

batmanHalloween is a fun time of year for kids and adults alike, and the Hays Police Department is reminding everyone to be safe when they are out and about Thursday evening.

Safe Kids Kansas says that children are twice as likely to be hit by a vehicle and killed on Halloween than on any other day and Lieutenant Brandon Wright with the Hays Police Department says motorists need to be cautious when driving this evening. “Children could be wearing dark clothing and they could dart out from behind cars. So if you are driving a car on Halloween night we’d urge you to drive slowly and be aware.”

The Hays Police Department also suggests parents go through their kid’s candy look for anything suspicious. “Children should be told to not eat any candy until they get home. You should consider throwing out anything that’s and throw out anything that’s not commercially wrapped and anything suspect at all,” said Wright.

The Hays Police Department also suggests coming up with a route for kids to follow when they go trick-or-treating, make sure children under the age of 12 has supervision and come up with a time when they kids will return home after going out.

Suggestions provided by the National Safety Council and the HPD
The National Safety Council urges motorists to be especially alert on Halloween:
•Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
•Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
•Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
•At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

Before children start out on their “trick or treat” rounds, parents should: 
•Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
•Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children’s companions.
•Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight or glow stick.
•Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
•Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger’s home.
•Establish a return time.
•Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.
•Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.