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Posted on: October 7, 2019

Radnor PD: Halloween Safety Guide

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Halloween is a time for fun and treats, but let’s not forget about staying safe. We hope everyone has a safe, and most importantly, FUN Halloween! Here are a few tips to keep kids safe during the frightful night:

Costume Safety:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure all costumes are fire-resistant. 
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Obtain FREE GLOWSTICKS from RPD at Wayne Trick or Treat for use on Halloween OR bring flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.

Pumpkin Carving Safety:

  • Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.
  • Votive candles are safest for candle-lit pumpkins.
  • Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended.

Trick or Treat Safety:

  • Remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
  • Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs. 
  • Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater. 
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or Treaters: 

  • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  • Carry a cell phone for quick communication.  Remind children to dial 9-1-1 should they become lost or should there be reason for concern.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. 
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys. 
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. 
  • Never cross between parked cars or out driveways. 
  • Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters.
  • Radnor Police Department should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.  Call 9-1-1.

Healthy Halloween:

  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.

See more at: http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips 

ABOUT RADNOR TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT: Police Superintendent Christopher Flanagan oversees the Department which is staffed by 44 sworn Officers as well as full and part-time civilian staff which consists of: 1 Supervisor of Parking and Auxiliary Services; 2 Administrative Assistants; 4 Part Time Meter Inspectors; and 9 Crossing Guards. Officers are assigned to either the Detective Bureau, Highway Patrol or Patrol Divisions. The Radnor Police Department also maintains a Motor Unit, 2 K9 Officers, a Bike Patrol Unit, 2 Officers trained in Motor Carrier Safety (MCSAP), 6 SWAT Officers who are members of the Central Delaware County SWAT Team, 7 Major Incident Response Team (MIRT) Officers, as well as Officers who participate in the Delaware County Drug Task Force. The cornerstone of the Radnor Police Department is community based and oriented policing.

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For more information, Press Only:

Molly Gallagher, Public Information Office
610.688.5600 x 197
mgallagher@radnor.org

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