Conway Police offer Halloween safety tips

News release from Conway Police Department 

(CONWAY, S.C.) The City of Conway will observe trick or treating for Halloween, on Saturday, October 31st between the hours of 5:00 p. m. until 9:00 p.m.  The Conway Police Department offer some simple tips for parents, children and motorist, to ensure a SAFE Halloween night.

 

HOMEOWNERS:

  • Make sure the path to your door is clear, welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and turn on any exterior lights.
  • Move or place any lighted decoration to a safe location so it will not be knocked over by children, if they bunch-up on your porch.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately.

 

MOTORISTS:

  • Exercise extreme caution when driving on residential streets.  Be on the alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.
  • Expect the unexpected and reduce your speed and where appropriate utilize your high beams on improve your field of vision.

 

TRICK OR TREATERS AND PARENTS

Make sure your kids dress up safely

  • Children should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three of them to go along and keep an eye on things.
  • Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves. Make sure that they have a cell phone.
  • Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lighted areas with lots of people around. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this. If they are going out alone, they are old enough to know what can happen to them in a bad situation and how to stop it from happening.
  • Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff!
  • Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car. Explain why this is not a god idea and what to do if someone approaches them and tries to talk to them.
  • Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.
  • Inspect your child’s costume to ensure it is safe. Costumes should be flame retardant and short to prevent trips and falls.
  • Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable, and they can obstruct a child’s vision, a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
  • Let them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult.
  • Use sidewalks if they are available, if not walk on the edge of the road facing traffic.
  • Cross only at street corners, never between parked cars, and never diagonally across an intersection. Look in all directions before crossing the street, and obey all traffic signals. Walk, never run, across the street, and use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.
  • Remind kids to keep a safe distance from moving cars.
  • Golf carts are not permitted to be used be used after dark. (Ref State Statute 56-3-115)

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