By MPD Chief Frank Tennant
Special to Millington Star
Halloween is a very exciting time and a cherished tradition, but the excitement of the night may cause both children and adults to forget about being careful and safe. Here are a few safety reminders from the Millington Police Department to help ensure a safe holiday.
If you have to drive on Halloween evening, be especially alert for children darting out from between parked cars.
Be observant and attentive to children walking on streets, medians and curbs.
Use caution when entering and exiting driveways and alleys.
At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
Lower your speed to allow for emergency stopping should a child run into your path.
Always ensure 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 and know the names of the children’s companions.
Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along the routes you have discussed.
Teach your children to stop at only houses or apartments that are well lit and never enter a stranger’s home.
Establish a return time for the outing.
Instruct your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.
Pin a slip of paper with the child’s name, address and phone number inside a pocket or costume in case the child gets lost or separated from the group.
Pick your child’s costume carefully and ensure that it fits properly.
If a mask is worn, ensure that it has nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.
Trick-or-Treaters on the Trail
Trick-or-treat in a group of friends, never alone and always let your parents or some other responsible adult know where you are going.
Trick-or-Treaters should never enter a stranger’s home, apartment or car.
Only go to houses with a porch light on.
Walk; do not run, from house to house.
Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or uneven terrain can present trip hazards.
Stay in well lit areas.
Walk on sidewalks, not in the streets. If there is no sidewalk, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic. Do not use alleyways.
Always cross the street on the corners and observe for on-coming vehicles. Never assume the driver sees you.
The Millington Police Department wants everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween.
Both children and adults need to think about safety on this annual day of make-believe. The most common dangers on Halloween are from falls and pedestrian/car accidents. Although tampering is very rare, all treats should be sorted and examined. A parent or someone else responsible should closely examine all treats and throw away any that appear spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious. When in doubt, throw it out!