City of Peoria reminds citizens to stay safe on Halloween

By WEEK Reporter

City of Peoria reminds citizens to stay safe on Halloween

October 30, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2012 at 1:09 PM CDT

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.

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