Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Tips

The Carbondale Police Department sends out these tips:

The City of Carbondale Police Department wants to wish all children a safe and happy Halloween. In order to make Halloween safe and pleasant for everyone, we would like to offer the following Halloween safety recommendations.

- Wear light-colored clothing short enough to prevent tripping and add reflectors.
- Paint faces or make sure your children can see and breath well through face masks.
- Do not trick or treat alone and young children should be accompanied by an adult.
- If you are going to be out during hours of darkness, take a flashlight.
- Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes you know and which have their porch lights on.
- Walk on the sidewalk and watch for vehicle traffic when crossing the street.
- Only give or accept wrapped or packaged candy.
- Examine all candy before allowing children to eat it.
- Children, do not accept rides from strangers.

volunteers wearing orange safety vests and driving vehicles bearing the "Pumpkin Patrol" logo will be patrolling areas of our community where kids go to "trick or treat". Although we strongly encourage adults to accompany children, the volunteers will identify potential hazards to children and provide a place where children can turn to if they feel threatened. If you have any questions please contact Officer Randy Mathis at 457-3200 ext. 428.

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