HALLOWEEN 2011 IN CINCINNATI
Trick or Treat Safety Recommendations
The City of Cincinnati has designated the hours between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday October 31 for Halloween trick or treating.
Police Chief James E. Craig and the employees of the Police Department invite all little trick-or-treaters to visit their local police district station* during those hours for the annual “Meet-n-Treat“ program. The Associate Police Captains will provide the candy and the Carthage Seniors have helped to prepare it for each district to distribute on Halloween.
The following safety advice can help to keep trick-or-treating fun and safe for everyone:
* Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be alert for excited youngsters darting into traffic. Their vision may be obscured by wearing masks.
* Welcome trick-or-treaters by turning on your porch lights and any exterior lights.
* Patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief and crimes against children.
* Immediately call 911 to report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department.
* Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.
TRICK OR TREAT TIPS
Make sure children dress up safely.
* Make sure costumes are flame retardant so children are not in danger near burning jack-o-lanterns or candles.
* Keep costumes short so children can walk without tripping or falling.
* Try makeup instead of a mask. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision; a danger when crossing streets and moving up and down steps.
* Ensure children wear light colored clothing, or put reflective tape on their costumes.
Make trick-or-treating trouble free.
* Trick-or-Treaters should always be in groups: There is safety in numbers. Parents should accompany young children.
* Ensure that older children trick-or-treat with friends. Together, map out a safe route so you will know where they are going. Tell them to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on. Remind them not to enter any houses or cars.
* Try to do trick-or-treating while it is still light. After dark, make sure someone in the group has a flashlight, and travel well-lighted streets.
* Remind children to obey all traffic rules: Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. Look in all directions before crossing the street. Cross only at street corners, never from between parked cars, and never diagonally across an intersection. Walk – never run — across the street. Keep a safe distance from moving cars.
* Remind children not to eat any treats until they’ve all been checked for sealed wrappers and safety at home. Eating a good meal or substantial snack before trick-or-treating will help them follow this guideline.
*District Station Addresses:
District 1 310 Ezzard Charles Drive
District 2 3295 Erie Avenue
District 3 3201 Warsaw Avenue
District 4 4150 Reading Road
District 5 1012 Ludlow Avenue