Kilgore Police Department Promotes Halloween Safety

October 25, 2010

With Halloween fast approaching the Kilgore Police Department would like to suggest the following safety tips for Halloween.

  • If you wish to participate and welcome trick-or-treaters to your home turn on your porch light.
  •  Check your yard for any hazards and remove them.
  • Use glow sticks or battery powered light sources as an alternative for candles.
  • Make sure pets are put up.
  • When driving through the neighborhoods slow down and be especially observant for children. 
  • If dropping off children use your hazards and choose a safe place.  Be mindful of other vehicles dropping of children.  Be patient.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the Kilgore Police Department. 
  • Children should not trick or treat alone or enter a stranger’s house or vehicle.
  • If it is dark out have children carry a flashlight, glow stick, wear light colors or use reflective tape.
  • Make sure costumes and costume props are safe.  Costumes should fit well and be fire retardant.  Props should not be able to cause injuries.  Mask should not obstruct a child’s view.
  • Map out a trick-or-treating route.  Parents should know where their children are.
  • Never eat opened candy.  It’s a wise choice for parents to inspect all the candy before it is eaten.
  • Check out safe alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating such as downtown trick-or-treating on Friday, October 29, 2010 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.  Churches and Civic groups will also be hosting Halloween events for children over the Halloween weekend.

Let’s all work together to make this Halloween a fun and safe holiday for everyone!