Chief gives Halloween tips

Yates

DANVILLE — With Halloween just around the corner, the Danville Police Department wants to make sure everyone has a safe and fun experience trick-or-treating.

“Once again our community will witness the presence of zombies, ghosts and goblins, or possibly princess, superheroes and other popular or unique costumes with Halloween approaching,” said DPD Chief of Police Christopher Yates in a release. “While we enjoy giving and receiving ‘Tricks of Treats,’ the Danville Police Department wants to make sure everyone stays safe.”

Children up to age 12 will be allowed to go door-to-door from 5-8 p.m. Thursday.

The police department is promoting a fun and safe Halloween.

“We also offer the following tips to the children as well as the adults and those out and about during those hours.”

Costumes:

• Avoid costumes that could cause you to trip.

• Make sure your footwear fits properly.

• Avoid masks that unreasonably reduces your vision.

• If wearing dark clothing, use reflective tape and/or carry a flashlight.

• Be careful of open flames or other heat sources from decorations; man costumes can catch fire.

• Remember that many pets can get scared or may not recognize children in their costumes.

Treats:

• Check it before you eat it; wait until you get home and have parents or guardians inspect your treats.

• Throw away unpackaged items or candy that the wrapper has been opened.

• If something is suspiciously wrong with the treats, report it to the police.

Stay Safe Rules:

• Respect your neighbors and the community-use walkways and respect their property; be polite.

• Travel in groups of at least 3-4 if not accompanied by an adult.

• Visit homes in your neighborhood or those that are familiar.

• As you begin, point out a location that you can meet if for some reason you get separated.

• Do not go to homes that do not have their porch lights on.

• Carry a flashlight.

• Use sidewalks when available; if unavailable walk on the side of the street.

• Look both ways before crossing the street.

• Do not cross the street from between parked cars.

• Do not start before 5 p.m. and do not continue after 8 p.m.

The Danville Police Department also asked in a Thursday press release that residences that want to participate turn on their porch light. This will tell trick-or-treaters that it is OK to approach as well as provides a safe walk to the door.

“When you greet the children at the door, do not ask them in. If your children are out without you, make sure you know who they are with, where they are going and who is supervising them.”

Yates also said if driving to please drive slow and look out for children in the roadway.

“Many people are still coming home from work,” he said. “Stay alert! We want everyone to enjoy Halloween, but also want everyone to come home safe.”

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