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October 23rd, 2013

Halloween safety tips from the Newburgh police

NEWBURGH - Halloween is coming! And because Trick or Treaters often forget about safety, The City of Newburgh Police Department and the AAA are urging both parents and motorists to be even more alert on October 31. On Halloween evening we are placing our children in some of the most dangerous traffic situations you can imagine. Children are four times more likely to be hit by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The following tips are offered to parents for their children on Halloween:

Costume Safety:

• Use make up or face paint instead of masks, but if masks are used, make sure that they fit properly and have holes large enough for mouth and eyes.

• Choose costumes that are flame retardant.

• Wear light-colored clothing at night, short enough to prevent tripping. Add reflective tape or reflectors to dark colored costumes.

• Make props such as magic wands and swords out of cardboard rather than metal or wood.

Trick or Treat Safety:

• Give and accept wrapped or packaged candy only. Anything unwrapped could be dangerous.

• Have children bring their treats home for inspection by an adult before they are eaten.

• Accompany small and elementary school age children when they are trick-or-treating. Send older children out in groups if there will be no adults.

• Only visit homes you are familiar with.

• Go out during daylight and carry a flashlight in case you are not back before it gets dark.

• Always look all ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street.

• When crossing the street, cross at corners, not between cars or mid block.

The City of Newburgh Police Department wishes everyone a Safe and Happy Halloween.

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