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Posted on: October 25, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Halloween Safety Tips

JPD Assisting Trick-or-Treaters

Jacksonville Public Safety requests the cooperation of Citizens and parents by limiting the hours of "trick-or-treat" to 5-8:30PM, Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

JPD Halloween Safety Precautions:

  • Wear light-colored clothing, short enough to prevent tripping.
  • Add reflectors or glow-in-the-dark elements to costumes and clothing.
  • Watch carefully for traffic. Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
  • Cross streets at crosswalks when available. Look both ways before crossing streets and cross when the lights tell you to cross, after you check for cars in all directions.
  • Ensure that young children can see well through face masks.
  • Trusted adults should accompany young children on Halloween activities.
  • Go out in daylight and carry a flashlight in case of delay.
  • Stay within a familiar neighborhood and only visit homes you know.
  • Only give or accept wrapped or packaged candy.
  • Examine treats before allowing children to enjoy them.
  • Golf carts are not allowed on city streets and sidewalks.

Additional safety tips for motorists:

Motorists should be especially cautious to prevent any injury to those participating in Halloween activities.

  • Drive slowly through residential streets and areas where people walk.
  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
  • Watch for children walking on roads, medians, and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

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