BPS Safety Tips for a Happy Halloween

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Brandon Police Service Media Release

Here are some tips for all to enjoy a safe Halloween.

Trick-or-Treaters:

    • Wear bright costumes with reflective tape or glow sticks so drivers can see you.
    • Wear face paint instead of a mask. The mask can obstruct your vision. If you are wearing a mask always, remove it when you cross the street.
    • Weapons as part of costumes should be easily identifiable as imitation.
    • Carry a flashlight.
    • Go trick-or-treating with a trusted adult, or travel in groups if you are old enough to be out alone.
    • Carry a cell phone if unaccompanied by an adult.
    • Always walk on the sidewalks.
    • Be very careful crossing the street! Do not run out from behind cars and do not go back and forth across the street; walk down one side of the street. When you reach the end, cross to the other side.
    • Walk facing traffic on the side of the road if there are no sidewalks.
    • Stay in well-lit areas.
    • Watch for cars pulling out of driveways.
    • Never go inside a stranger’s house for treats. Wait for them outside.
    • Do not go near animals you don’t know.
    • Pets you do know may not recognize you and may be scared by your costume, this may cause them to be unpredictable.
    • Get a game plan in place so everyone knows the route to follow. Have a central place where everyone meets up if you get separated.
    • Know the places along the route where it is safe to go for help.
    • Do not eat treats until you get home.
    • Parents and or Guardians should check and inspect all candy before allowing children to eat it.

Drivers:

    • Slow down. Pay attention for children running across streets and know that some will be in dark costumes.
    • Do not wear costumes that interfere with the safe operation of a motor vehicle.
    • Do Not Drive while Impaired.
    • Avoid distractions such as cell phone use, texting, taking pictures and social media posting.
    • If possible, avoid driving in residential areas where there will be a high volume of trick-or-treaters.

Homeowners:

    • Ensure your house is well lit.
    • Keep walkways obstacle free.
  • Report any suspicious activity you may see.