OFFICIALS RECOMMEND TIPS FOR SAFE HALLOWEEN
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS),
Indiana State Police (ISP) and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)
offer the following tips for a safe Halloween:
Tips for motorists
- Due to the number of children
out on the street on Halloween evening, motorists should be very careful
driving along city streets, especially in neighborhoods, during designated
talking on a cell phone or other distracting activities.
that excited children may dart out into traffic at any time without warning.
with your headlights on, even during daylight trick-or-treat hours, so that
your vehicle is more visible to children.
on the road
should use sidewalks instead of the street whenever possible and always cross
children to look both ways before crossing the street.
children to never assume they are seen by a vehicle. Small children may be
especially difficult to spot in the dark.
should also carry flashlights after dark to easily see and be seen.
purchasing costumes, masks, beards and wigs, make sure the label says "flame
resistant." While this doesn't ensure these items won't catch fire, it does
indicate the items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
minimize the risk of contact with candles or other sources of ignition, avoid
costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or
a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have a child wear a loose-fitting mask
that might restrict breathing or obscure vision. If a mask is used, make sure
it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.
greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with
reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car's headlights. Bags or sacks
should also be light colored or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape
is usually available in hardware, bicycle, and sporting goods stores.
- Homeowners and renters
expecting trick-or-treaters should remove anything that could be an
obstacle from lawns, steps and porches.
- Check outdoor lights and
replace burned-out bulbs.
- Wet leaves should be
swept from sidewalks and steps to avoid slips.
- Restrain pets so they do
not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
- Only trick-or-treat
during hours designated by the community.
- Children should only
visit familiar homes that have the porch light on.
sure older children trick-or-treat with friends and carry a cell phone for
- Younger children should
walk in groups with older children or be accompanied by an adult.
- Children should never
enter a home, but should wait on the porch for the resident to hand out
- Children should be
instructed to refrain from eating any treats until after they get home.
- Parents should inspect
their children's treats before allowing the children to eat them.
- Only eat candy wrapped
in its original wrapper and inspect all fruit thoroughly before allowing
children to eat it.
more information about safety this fall, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.