Halloween safety tips

Are you taking your children trick-or-treating?

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee Police shared tips with residents on how to keep your kids safe while Trick-Or-Treating.

Here are some tips from the Chicopee Police:

  • Before Halloween:
    • Try to choose bright costumes, and have children carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible.
    • Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.
    • Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home phone number, and address in case you get separated.
    • Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.
    • Teach children to say “NO!” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat or leave with them. Tell them to try everything to escape, including yelling, hitting, and kicking.
  • On Halloween:
    • Make sure older children take friends and stay together while trick-or-treating.
    • Never send younger children out alone- they should be with a parent, guardian, or another trusted adult.
    • Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats.
    • Don’t let children enter a home unless you’re with them.
    • Be sure children do no approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.
  • Other tips:
    • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating. Make sure you’re walking and not running from house to house.
    • Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
    • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks.
    • Lower your risk of eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
    • Only walk on sidewalks. If not possible, walk along the far edge of the road facing traffic.
    • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
    • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
    • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
    • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame resistant costumes.