Halloween Safety from Chief Noppe

Spring Arbor Township will be recognizing Halloween hours from 6:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. on October 31st. Remember to check the candy you have received before consuming it to ensure it has not been tampered with, unfortunately this is still a necessity. The Spring Arbor Township Police Department will have a Halloween detachment working that evening, so if you need police assistance call 911 or contact an officer in the neighborhood you are in if you see one available.

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

Walkers:

  1. Cross the street at corners using sidewalks and traffic lights if available.
  2. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  3. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run across the street.
  4. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  5. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and as far to the left as possible.
  6. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into traffic or cross between parked cars.
  7. A suggestion is children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, it is suggested they stick to familiar areas and trick-or-treat in groups.

Costumes:

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective decals or tape and consider light colors.
  2. Consider face paint or makeup instead masks, which can limit a child’s vision.
  3. Consider carrying a flashlight or glow sticks to help see and be seen by drivers.
  4. Be sure the costume fits properly to avoid trip & falls.

Drivers:

  1. SLOOOW DOWN !!
  2. Be especially alert and attentive in residential neighborhoods. Children, especially little ones, are excited on Halloween and may be unpredictable in their movements.
  3. Take extra time to look for children while traveling through the neighborhoods.
  4. Exit driveways and parking lots slowly and carefully.
  5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children and assist them in spotting you from greater distances.

 

  • Safe Kids Worldwide: On an average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year.

 

Thank You and have a SAFE HALLOWEEN !

Chief Howard Noppe