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Westport Police Offer Halloween Safety Tips

With Halloween almost upon us, the Westport Police Department would like to offer some safety tips. If everyone adheres to the following suggestions a safe and fun Halloween should be had by all:
 
Trick or Treaters
 
• Young children should always be accompanied by an adult.
• Agree on a specific time when older children should come home.
• Only go to homes where the outside lights are on.
• Stay Visible – Carry a flashlight/glow sticks and consider affixing glow tape to costumes and bags.
• Never assume a car can see you as visibility is low.
• Use sidewalks and crosswalks.
• Travel in groups.
• Carry a cell phone – Make sure you and your kids can easily reach one another.
• Never enter a stranger’s home.
• Have an adult examine all candy prior to eating and avoid homemade treats made by strangers.
 
Drivers
 
• Be mindful of pedestrians.
• Do not speed through neighborhoods.
• Use extreme caution – Many trick or treaters are hard to see due to dark colored costumes.
 
The police department wants everyone to be safe, so please review these safety tips with children who will be trick or treating. Additionally, extra officers will be out on patrol during Halloween night.
 
Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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