Happy Halloween/Samhain to everyone, including all the ghouls, monsters, ghosts, vampires, and zombies!
The Page Police Department has provided the community with a list of safety tips to keep you and yours as safe as possible tonight while out tricking, treating, and haunting through neighborhoods.
Drivers, please be cautious while on the road. Many costumes can be dark in color and you may not be able to see people crossing the street. Please drive with care, especially tonight.
LPNN hopes that every one out tonight stays safe, and most of all has a wonderful time.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Page Az. (October 31, 2017)
Page Police Department Halloween Safety Tips
Did you know children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year? In addition, seasonal decorations and costumes can be highly flammable and pose risks to your family, or your home. Halloween is a popular holiday, with costumes, trick-or-treating and parties, but it can also be a time to be mindful of safety precautions to help ensure everyone has a fun time and stays safe.
Important safety tips
• Wear something reflective, if trick-or-treating.
• Drivers should stay on alert, especially in residential neighborhoods.
• Make sure costumes fit to increase the mobility and visibility of children wearing them.
• USA Safe Kids suggests children under age 12 be accompanied by an adult.
• Check all treats before they are eaten and report anything suspicious.
• Be sure to show your children how to cross a street properly. They should always look both ways before crossing the street and should only cross at corners or crosswalks. Make sure that if you have more than one child, they know to take the hand of the younger child when they cross a street.
• Use flashlights or flameless electric candles to illuminate jack-o-lanterns.
• Purchase only costumes, wigs and props labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant. When creating a costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes in contact with heat or flame. Avoid billowing or long trailing features.
• Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, heaters, etc.
• Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, ensuring nothing blocks escape routes.
• Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torchlights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
• Instruct children to stay away from open flames or other heat sources. Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll in the event their clothing catches fire. (Stop immediately, drop to the ground, covering your face with your hands and roll over and over to extinguish flames.)
• Instruct children who are attending parties at unfamiliar venues to locate the exits and plan how they would get out in an emergency.
• Provide children with lightweight flashlights to carry for lighting, or as part of their costume so they can be seen while walking in dimly lighted areas.
• Know the route your kids will be taking, if you aren’t going with them. Let them know they are to check in with you frequently, by phone or by stopping back at home. Make sure they know not to deviate from the planned route, so you always know where they will be.
CONTACT: Lieutenant Larry Jones