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Halloween Safety Tips

October 28, 2011

 

             Halloween trick-or-treating is Monday, October 31

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Martinsville children will get to display their best ghoulish and ghostly finery on Monday, October 31 as they celebrate Halloween.

The Martinsville City Police department encourages youngsters and their parents to prepare for a safe Halloween by taking the following precautions.

Make sure that costumes are safe, visible, not too long and non-flammable. Line dark costumes with reflective tape, glow sticks or light-reflective material so that passing cars can see your little trick-or-treaters.

  • Have an adult accompany the trick-or-treaters to enforce safe travel.
  • Carry flashlights - with fresh batteries - for visibility, and do not walk through yards. Stick to driveways, sidewalks and other easily-visible walking paths. Stay out of vehicular travel lanes.
  • Do not use candles or other flammable materials for lighting. Do not use jack-o-lanterns around flammable materials.
  • Make sure an adult inspects all candy before children eat it. Discard any candy or treat which appears to have been tampered with or damaged.
  • Wear make-up or other facial coverings which do not obscure vision. If your child will wear a mask, make sure that the child can see clearly.
  • Carry a cellular phone with you in case of medical emergency.

By city code, trick-or-treat activities must stop by 9 p.m. on Halloween. Trick or treat is limited to children age 12 and younger.

Martinsville Police Department will have extra officers on duty for Halloween night.  Anyone with questions about Halloween safety or regulations should contact the Martinsville Police Department at 276-403-5300.