Saturday, December 5, 2020

Keep Kids Safe on Halloween

It’s almost time for Halloween when all the little ghosts and goblins come out to play.

Trick-or-treating begins around dusk on Monday, October 31. It’s a night of fun but also a night when kids are twice as likely to be struck by a motor vehicle. That’s why the Southlake Police and Fire Departments would like to remind drivers to slow down in neighborhoods, turn on their headlights early, and keep a watchful eye out for kids in costumes. Here are some other important safety tips for parents and their kids:

  • Dress children in bright clothing so they will stand out, especially to drivers.
  • Carry a flashlight and have children wear reflective tape and/or carry glow sticks to make them more visible.
  • Reduce unnecessary distractions – put down all cell phones and electronic devices and pay attention to where you and your children are walking.
  • Teach children to cross the street at designated crosswalks and to never cross in the middle of a street.
  • Teach children to look both ways before crossing streets and have them make eye contact with drivers to make certain drivers see them.
  • Face paint is preferred over a Halloween mask because it won’t obscure your child’s vision (This is especially important when crossing streets).
  • Always have kids travel in groups. Never let them walk alone.
  • Warn children against walking near lit candles or devices with open flames. Be sure to dress them in flame-resistant costumes.
  • Parents – check your child’s candy and treats before allowing them to eat them.

Southlake Police Officers, Firefighters and Citizen on Patrol Volunteers (COPs) will be visiting neighborhoods on Halloween night and passing out glow necklaces, bracelets, and other trinkets. We want to help your children be seen on Halloween and help keep them safe.

Lastly, we are asking for everyone’s assistance to keep the fun spirit of the season alive. By now, everyone is aware of recent “scary clown” sightings in the City. The Southlake Police Department has looked into the reports and, fortunately, all of these sightings have pointed towards pranks either by teenagers or young adults. That said, if you see or hear something that doesn’t feel right, then call us. We want to hear from you. If you see or hear something that makes you feel scared or uncomfortable, call us. If you simply have questions about a particular situation, call us. The non-emergency dispatch number is (817) 743-4522. If you have an emergency, dial 9-1-1. We are here to help and provide any assistance. We look forward to seeing our community celebrating Halloween on Monday, October 31. But, if you need our help before that time, let us know.

The Southlake Police and Fire Departments want to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween