Halloween is coming up fast, as in Wednesday, October 31, and the City of Arlington encourages everyone to be safe out there.
The Arlington Police Department offers a smart list of safety reminders for trick-or-treaters and motorists. Consider the following:
- As a safer alternative to trick-or-treating, consider attending a carnival or haunted house.
- If trick-or-treating, travel in groups and carry flashlights.
- Children should always be accompanied by an adult.
- When walking on neighborhood streets, face the traffic.
- Carefully plan trick-or-treat routes to avoid repeatedly crossing the street.
- Stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
- Never allow a child to enter an automobile or residence.
- Check all treats in a well-lit area before allowing children to eat them. Immediately discard suspicious candy or items.
- Select bright costumes or decorate with reflective tape for increased night visibility.
- Purchase costumes, masks, beards and wigs labeled “flame resistant.”
- To prevent trips and falls, keep costumes short and avoid ill-fitting shoes.
- Try make-up instead of a mask. If a mask is worn, be sure eye holes are large enough for full vision.
Motorists are reminded to be extra cautious of pedestrians on Halloween.
- Use headlights before nightfall to increase your vehicle’s visibility.
- Do not exceed 10 or 15 miles per hour when driving through residential areas.
- Keep your thumbs on the wheel. Do not text and drive.
Halloween can also be a traumatic time for pets. The Arlington Animal Services Division and ASPCA offer these reminders:
- Do not leave pets in the yard on Halloween.
- Be sure your dog or cat is unable to exit the home when a door is opened for trick-or-treaters.
- Consider keeping pets in a separate room during trick-or-treat hours
- Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets. Chocolate can be poisonous.
- Be extra careful around lit pumpkins. Pets could knock one over and cause a fire.
For more information about Halloween safety for pets, go to www.aspca.org or call the City of Arlington Animal Services Center at 817-451-3436.