Brookhaven, GA, October 25, 2016 – The Post Reports – Ghosts, goblins, and even Police Officers will be out and about in the City’s neighborhoods this Halloween. To help ensure the evenings events are safe for everyone, Brookhaven’s Police Department (BPD) has provided tips on Halloween Safety. BPD is recommending the traditional trick-or-treating activities take place Monday evening, October 31st, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. as there will be additional officers on hand during these hours to patrol the neighborhoods. “Be sure to flag down one of the officers to see what treats he or she may have,” BPD suggests.
For parents and guardians, BPD says Halloween can become detrimental if safety precautions are ignored. In a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children are four times more likely to be in fatal pedestrian accidents on Halloween than on any other night of the year. Other potential dangers include candle fires and even child abductions.
BPD says the following “B-Smart” tips will help minimize the risks of injuries to children while trick-or-treating:
Be visible. Children should wear costumes that are clearly visible to motorists. Adding reflective tape to costumes and bags can increase kids’ visibility to drivers.
Select the right size of costumes to prevent trips and falls. Avoid oversized and high-heeled shoes.
Masks can obstruct a child’s vision while walking. Try washable, non-toxic face paint & makeup whenever possible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups and ensure that children under 12 are accompanied by an adult.
Remain on well-lit streets & always use the sidewalk and crosswalk. Instruct children to look and listen before crossing the street.
Teach children to say “No!” in a loud manner if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them.
“These guidelines were developed to ensure the safety of children during Halloween and are by no means exhaustive,” BPD adds. “Remember, call 911 in case of emergency.”