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How To Keep Your Kids Safe This Halloween – Information From The Bozeman Police Department

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I don’t know about you – but it seems to me lately that there has been a lot of crime in our community lately.  The Bozeman Police Department has released some information on how to keep your kids safe.  The tips range from wearing reflecting clothing, to trick or treating in groups with parents nearby.  Here’s the entire list according to their facebook page! 

Costumes
- Costumes should be bright and reflective. Shoes should fit well and costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping.
- Costumes, wigs and accessories should be flame resistant.

- Eye holes in costumes should be large enough for good peripheral vision.
- Add reflective tape or striping to costumes and/or trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
- Realistic replica firearms should never be used.
- Avoid cumbersome masks at they can interfere with visibility.
- All children and their escorts should have flashlights with fresh batteries.
-Place the child’s name, emergency identification and address on their costume and/or on a bracelet.Tips for Trick-or-Treating
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children when they are trick-or-treating.
- It is preferable for children to trick-or-treat during daylight hours. Dusk is the time of poorest visibility for drivers.
- Children should trick-or-treat in a group, preferably with a responsible adult.
- Tell children to never enter a stranger’s home.
- Children trick-or-treating should always obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
- Children should only trick-or-treat in well-known neighborhoods at homes that have a porch light on.
- Children trick-or-treating should remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Children trick-or-treating should have specific time limits.
- Instruct children not to eat any treats or candy until it has been brought home and inspected.
- Children should be told to walk, not run, from house to house.
- When trick-or-treating, don’t allow children to bicycle, roller-blade or skateboard.
- Children should be strongly warned not to approach unfamiliar pets and animals.
- Children should be told to be polite and say “thank you”.After Trick-or-Treating
- Unpackaged trick-or-treat items such as popcorn or small candies should be discarded.
- All fruit should be cut and carefully examined before eating.
- Examine all treats for choking hazards.

Have a safe and fun Halloween….From your friends at the Bozeman Police Department!

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