(WKTV) - Utica Police Chief Mark Williams has offered several tips on making sure this Halloween is a safe one:
For parents, don't allow your children to trick-or-treat alone.
• Always escort your children and carry a flashlight after dark.
• Be familiar with the neighborhood where your children will be trick-or-treating.
• Set a specific time for your child/children to be out.
• Always know who is trick-or-treating with your children.
• Instruct your children never to enter any homes.
• Stay in well-lit areas.
• Inspect all treats before allowing children to eat them.
• Choose fireproof comfortable costumes made of light-colored material so they can easily be seen in the dark.
• Consider placing reflective or glow-in-the-dark tape on your children’s costumes.
• Have children avoid wearing eye makeup or masks, which will restrict their vision.
• Avoid having children carry replica firearms, swords, or toys that can be mistaken for the real thing.
For trick-or-treaters, make sure to walk on sidewalks and not in the middle of the street.
• Obey all traffic signals and look in all directions when crossing the street.
• Don’t run. Walk to your intended destination and don’t dart in and out of cars or driveways. If there are no sidewalks, stay as far left of the roadway as possible.
• Only trick-or-treat at homes with the porch light on. Never approach a car offering candy.
• Wait until you get home before eating any treats.
For home owners, if you are distributing candy, turn your porch light on so children know to visit your home.
• If you are placing a jack-o-lantern on your porch, place a glow stick inside instead of a candle.
• Hand out only commercially wrapped candy.
• Never invite children into your home.
• Immediately notify law enforcement of any suspicious activity.
• Maintain clear walkways that are free from obstruction.
Drivers need to make sure they drive slowly and cautiously.
• Look for children walking on the street, running, and darting in between parked vehicles.
• Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways.