Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

October 15, 2013

Remember to be safe when trick-or-treating

By Steve Woodhouse
Journal-Express

Knoxville — The Knoxville Police Department wants to remind everyone to have a safe time trick-or-treating this year and offers some safety tips from www.safekids.org. 

Trick-or-treating in Knoxville is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. Lt. Aaron Fuller said he cannot remember any incidents during a trick-or-treat in his time in Knoxville, but safety always needs to be a top priority. The department will have an extra officer on patrol during the event, which will focus on traffic violations and not on the behavior of Knoxville youth. 

Tips Fuller and safekids.org would like you to consider include: 

• When selecting a costume, be sure that it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

• Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers, and if possible, choose light colors.

• Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

• Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and cross walks. 

• Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don't run, across the street.

• Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. 

• Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

• Check treats for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them. 

• Remind children to eat only treats in their original, unopened wrappers. 

• Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

• Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. 

• Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.

• Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.