Police urge trick-or-treat safety by kids, drivers

The Grand Junction police and fire departments and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department want to remind trick-or-treaters, drivers and parents to make safe choices on Halloween.

The departments recommend parents take pictures of their children before they go trick-or-treating Wednesday so that kids can be identified quickly in an emergency situation. Parents also are asked to check all candy and treats for signs of tampering with wrappers, only trust homemade treats from a known source, and accompany trick-or-treaters or send another trusted adult or teen with trick-or-treaters.

Store-bought costumes should have a flame-resistant or flame-retardant label and be loose enough to allow kids to walk freely but not so loose that parts drag or trail and could catch fire. Masks should allow kids to see clearly from the front, sides and bottom and fake weapons used as props should be made of cardboard or other flexible materials so no one will mistake them for real weapons. Children should bring a flashlight or glow stick with them and cross a street only at a crosswalk or intersection.

Police also urge drivers to be more alert and drive slowly while they watch for trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. Drivers are cautioned to stay off their cellphones, avoid passing stopped cars in case they are dropping off children, and use their hazard lights if they are dropping off trick-or-treaters.

Anyone wishing to welcome trick-or-treaters to their door should turn on a porch light, remove hazards from the yard, use glow sticks or battery-powered candles in Jack-O-Lanterns to avoid a fire hazard, and move Jack-O-Lanterns that do contain candles off the porch and away from where trick-or-treaters may stand.

Parents should discuss anything that troubled trick-or-treaters while they were out and report any non-emergent suspicious or criminal incident to local dispatch at 242-6707. Emergencies should be reported to 911.


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