LANSING, MI – Michigan State Police along with every other policing agency in the state of Michigan would like to remind residents, parents and guardians of the following Halloween Safety Tips:
Halloween Safety Reminders
- Parents should help their children pick out a costume that will be safe. The costumes should be fire resistant, masks should have eyeholes large enough to allow for good peripheral vision, and finally, the costume should allow free movement.
- If your child will be carrying a prop such as a pitchfork or sword make sure the tips are flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on. Of course, never carry real weapons of any kind.
- If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that children’s costumes will not accidentally be set on fire. Better yet, use battery operated pumpkin lights!
- Make sure you know the route your children will be taking for trick or treating, if you are not going with them.
- The best bet is to make sure that an adult is going with the children during trick or treating. If you cannot go with your child see if another parent or a teenaged sibling can.
- Children should stay together as a group if going trick or treating without an adult.
- Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars. Tell your children to only cross streets at crosswalks.
- Instruct your children never to go into the home of a stranger or get into their car.
- Make sure you set a time for your children to be home and stress the importance for them to be home at that time.
Please check with your local city or village for hours that Trick or Treating will take place. You can also seek out other activities in your area that might be more of what you would approve of for your little one’s.