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Halloween safety tips from Norman Police Department

BY CAPT. TOM EASLEY, Norman Police Department Modified: October 24, 2012 at 10:17 am •  Published: October 24, 2012
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· Be aware that children walking next to or on the edge of the roadway may suddenly step, fall, or be pushed by a companion into the street. Give them a wide berth if possible, and be ready to take evasive action.

· Be especially watchful for pedestrians on the sidewalks when entering and leaving driveways and parking lots.

· Be aware that, despite advice to the contrary, some children will go out in dark colored costumes. Keep in mind that some may be hard to see after dark.

Pedestrian Safety: An adult or responsible child should always accompany young children. All children should WALK, not run from house to house and use the sidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street.

Caution children against running out from between parked cars, or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, or other obstacles may present dangers.

Choosing Safe Houses: Children should only visit the homes of residents that are known and who have outside lights on as a sign of welcome. Children should not enter homes or apartments unless an adult accompanies them.

Treats: Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.