Boro police provide Halloween safety tips Trick-or- Treat night set for this Friday

By on October 29, 2014

The following information was submitted by Chief William Harvey of the Ephrata Police Department.
Lancaster County-wide Trick-or-Treat is Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m.
Here are a few safety tips that can ensure safe fun for kids and candy-givers alike. To ensure that trick-or-treaters, you and your house stay safe, remember the following tips.
• Clear your yard and sidewalk of any obstacles or decorations that may be hard to see in the dark.
• Keep your house well lighted, both inside and out
• Ask your Neighborhood Watch or local neighborhood association to patrol your community.
• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately.
To make sure even the scariest costumes are safe, keep the following in mind when buying or designing one.
• Try makeup instead of masks; it’s more comfortable and doesn’t obstruct vision the way masks can.
• Check to ensure that costumes are flame-retardant so that young ones are safe around jack-o’-lanterns, candles, and other flames.
• Keep costumes short to ensure that the only trip taken is the one around the neighborhood.
• Look for brightly colored costumes, attach reflector strips to costumes and bags, and remind trick-or-treaters to carry glow sticks and flashlights.
• If a costume involves any sort of fake weapon, make sure that it is made of a flexible material such as cardboard or foam. Or, avoid the whole problem of weapons by challenging your child to design a costume that is scary without one.
Keep in mind the next few tips to make sure your trick-or-treater’s night in the neighborhood will be safe and fun.
• Older kids should trick-or-treat in groups; kids walking around alone are never as safe as those in groups, and especially not at night. Younger kids should be accompanied by a parent or trusted neighbor.
• Review the route for trick-or-treating beforehand and set a time set when kids should be home. Also, have a plan if your child gets separated from his or her friends or from you.
• Remind your children not to enter strange houses or cars.
• It’s not a good idea to take your dog out to trick or treat with you. Kids dressed up in scary costumes can frighten your dog and cause her stress.
After a successful and safe night around the neighborhood, remember that the treats still need scrutiny before anyone eats them.
“Remind your children not to eat treats until they’ve come home.
“Check all treats at home in a well-lighted place.
“Be especially wary of anything that is not wrapped by the factory or that is no longer sealed.
“If your child has a food allergy, inspect all treats for known allergens.
“Remind kids not to eat everything at once!

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