CPD Hopes everyone has a safe Halloween
Halloween can be great fun for children. In order to keep it as fun as possible, follow these safety tips and use common sense to keep children safe. Of course, if you see anything suspicious, contact us at 901-853-3207 for non-emergency, or call 911 in the event of an emergency.
Wear brightly colored or reflective costumes.
-Many costumes are dark in color. They may be suitable for daytime use, but think about the lighting when your child will be out. If a dark costume cannot be avoided, add reflective tape to increase the child's visibility to motorists.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone.
-Groups are better for safety and make it easy to provide an adult chaperone.
Walk on sidewalks.
-Whenever possible, have kids walk on the sidewalk, not on the street. Have children trick-or-treat on one side of the street at a time to lessen street crossings. Also, stress the importance of crossing streets at the appropriate locations and being very cautious when doing so.
Ensure that children know not to enter any home or vehicle for the promise of candy.
-It doesn't matter how old the kids are, it's a bad idea.
-It's a good idea to have an adult check the candy before letting the child eat it. You should only accept homemade treats from people you know very well.
-This is much more than a halloween safety tip. You should always drive carefully! But, with so many children outside this time of year it makes sense to reinforce the idea that a lot of precious lives will be in close proximity to the street. Go more slowly in case a child doesn't see you and darts into traffic.