PEORIA, Ill -- The City of Peoria would like to remind citizens on how to stay safe on Halloween.
The City encourages residents to take your children out trick-or-treating between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., to take advantage of the daylight hours, and urges parents to instruct their children not to be out beyond the hour of 8:00 p.m.
In addition, below are some quick tips that can help to keep your child’s Halloween experience both safe and memorable:
· A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children;
· Older children going without a parent should plan and review an acceptable trick-or-treating route with parents prior to leaving, and encourage them to implement the buddy system and never stray from their group;
· Only go to familiar neighborhoods and homes with a porch light on, and remind your children to never enter a home or car for a treat without your permission;
· Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk, and if a sidewalk is not available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic;
· Never cut across yards or use alleys;
· Look both ways before crossing the street, cross at corners or established crosswalks, and never cross between parked cars or driveways;
· Never assume the right of way as motorists may have difficulty seeing trick-or-treaters;
· Wear reflective clothing, fasten reflective tape to costumes, and/or carry a flashlight or glow stick;
· Be sure a child's mask allows full visibility and breathing, and avoid costumes that drag on the ground;
· Remind children to eat only factory-wrapped treats and avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Following these simple tips will help to make your child’s Halloween experience a lot more enjoyable.