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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SPD Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Editor's note: The Somerville Police Department issued the following press release offering safety tips for Halloween. I hope you have a fun night on Friday and be sure to hit up the Magoun Square neighborhood for the best candy selections ;) ~Courtney  

The Somerville Police Department will once again join forces with the Somerville Auxiliary Police and School Crossing Guards on Friday, October 31, Halloween evening, to help make a safe and fun filled evening for Somerville Trick-or-Treaters.

In addition to the regular Somerville Police force, approximately 15 volunteer members of the Auxiliary Police and 40 School Crossing Guards will take up positions throughout the city, to assist residents of Somerville, particularly younger Trick-or-Treaters, cross our busy streets.

City buildings and schools will also be closely monitored to prevent any damage to public property.

Halloween Safety Tips

Please remember these important safety tips when Trick-or-Treating with friends or with young children.

Parents Should:
– Instruct their children not to open their candy until they return home.
– Inspect all candy for tampering before their children eat it.
– Make sure an adult accompanies children.
– Know what route their children will be taking.
– Have a set time limit for children to return home.
– Explain the difference between harmless “tricks,” and vandalism.
Residents Who Plan to Distribute Treats Should:
• Turn on your porch light.
• Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch where kids get bunched up if they are trick-or-treating in groups.
• Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.
• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.
Children Should:
• Always be accompanied by an adult.
• Be sure costumes, shoes, and treat bags are safe.
• Make sure that any accessories, such as fake guns, knives, and other potentially dangerous items are not mistaken for the real thing.
• Make sure all costumes are visible in the dark, and/or utilize safety equipment to make them visible to other pedestrians and motorists.
• Stay in a group and communicate where you will be going.
• Only go to homes with porch lights on.
• Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
• Never cut across yards or use alleys.
• Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
• Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
• Always walk. Never run across a street.
• Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks.
• Never accept or consume food items or drinks.
• No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
• Notify police or other authorities immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Drivers Should:
– Drive in an extra cautious manner.
– Keep a keen eye open for children who forget safety rules.
• Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible Adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
• Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween.
• Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking (such as hard candies), are given only to those of an appropriate age.

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