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Halloween trick-or-treat safety tips

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Safety is always a priority, especially when it comes to kids. The City of Biloxi is encouraging parents to follow these tips when it comes to trick-or-treating in city neighborhoods.

When trick-or-treating:

  •  A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • Use a flashlight to see and be seen.
  • Remove any mask or item that may limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway or alley.
  • Stay in a group, walk slowly and communicate where you are going.
  • Trick-or-treat only in well-known neighborhoods at homes that have a porch light on.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk exists, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
  • Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
  • Always walk. Never run across a street, and only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks.
  • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have difficulty seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will.
  • Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered. In fact, no treats should be eaten until thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
  • Authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

After trick-or-treating:

  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Try to apportion treats for the days after Halloween.
  • Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking (such as hard candies) are given only to those of an appropriate age.

 

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