The Paris Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Henry County Sheriff’s Department are reminding trick-or-treaters and their families to stay safe and make good choices during Halloween.
The PPD said in a press release it will be out in full force to remind drivers to be slow and careful.
The THP is also focused on traffic safety. According to its press release, seven people were killed in traffic accidents in Tennessee between Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, 2018.
THP personnel will conduct saturation patrols, sobriety and seat belt checkpoints, and bar and tavern checks during the holiday period.
Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said safety is the most important thing during the Halloween period.
“I want everybody to have a safe and fun Halloween,” he said. “Always follow safety rules and obey a trusted adult.”
The PPD reminded residents that Halloween vandalism and other hurtful pranks aren’t funny, and are often illegal.
It has also released a list of safety tips to help make this Halloween a fun and safe one.
They include these tips for trick-or-treaters:
• Young children should always be in the company of a responsible adult.
• Older children should be in a group of two or more. Don’t trick or treat alone.
• Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
• If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the street facing traffic.
• Look both ways before crossing the street to check for traffic.
• Cross the street only at corners.
• Don’t hide or cross the street between parked cars.
• Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, and brooms, too.)
• Make sure costumes fit properly and are not dragging the ground. Also make sure your shoes are not too big to walk in. You should be able to walk without tripping or falling.
• Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible, have an adult go with you.
• Carry a flashlight to light your way.
• Carry a cellphone if possible or a quarter to call home if needed.
• Select only flame retardant costumes.
• Keep away from open fires and candles.
• Visit homes that have the porch light on.
• Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
• Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger’s house.
• Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes.
• If masks are used, be sure the eye holes are large enough to see well and if possible, remove your mask while walking between houses.
• Be cautious of animals. Even the best pets are easily frightened on Halloween. If you have one at your house, put them up for their protection.
• Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. Don’t eat candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.
The PPD also included tips for homeowners:
• Make sure your animals are put up and out of harm’s way.
• Make your yard clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes, flower pots or anything else that might trip the young ones.
• Use battery-powered outdoor lights rather than open flames.
Finally, the following tips are meant for those driving on Halloween:
• Avoid known congested residential areas if possible.
• Drive slow and watch for children running across the streets.
• When dropping off trick-or-treaters, be sure to park in a location that will allow continued traffic flow.
• Keep your lights on dim so you don’t blind pedestrians or other drivers.
• Be courteous of other drivers and pedestrians.
• Use common sense on how to proceed.