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Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween is a fun time of year when the children dress up and enjoy candy and treats from the neighborhood. The Birmingham Police Department provides the following safety tips to help make Halloween enjoyable and safe:

  • Children should have all treats carefully inspected before eating.
  • Children should accept treats only at the doorway.
  • Never enter a stranger's home.
  • Never invite children to enter your home.
  • Children should never accept rides from strangers.
  • Children should never take short cuts through backyards or alley ways.
  • Set a time limit for your children to be out on Halloween night.
  • Children should travel in groups of 3-5 people.
  • Adults should escort children while they trick-or-treat.
  • Adult escorts and children should carry flashlights if possible.
  • All fruit should be discarded unless you know the source is safe.
  • Keep pets inside your home, or another safe place, on Halloween night.
  • Children should walk and never run during trick-or-treating.
  • Parents should know what route their children are taking within the neighborhood.
  • All costumes should be made of light colored, fire-proof, preferably reflectorized material.
  • Props such as toy guns or swords should be made of pliable material.
  • Realistic replica firearms should NEVER be used.
  • Masks should only be worn if they are properly fitted and provide unobstructed breathing and visibility.
  • Children should always use sidewalks and not the streets for walking.
  • Children should look in all directions before crossing the street.
  • If you are driving, slow it down and watch out for kids.