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Halloween safety tips

By Staff | Oct 31, 2014

As tiny superheroes, scary monsters and fairy princesses take to the streets tonight to satisfy their shared sweet tooth, local law enforcement has some basic tips to ensure a safe Halloween for everyone this year.

“Safety is a always a big issue during Halloween because of the amount of children on the roads and streets of the city at night,” Sgt. Jon Kulko, of Cape Coral Police Department’s Traffic Unit, said.

Before even heading out the door, parents should make sure their children will be visible.

“They’re hard to see as they go from house to house trick-or-treating,” he said.

A flashlight or glow stick is helpful, and light-reflecting material can be attached to costumes.

“They need to make sure that they have some form or reflective type of material on their costume, or they need to carry a light,” Kulko said.

Parents should try to avoid costumes with masks, opting for make-up instead.

“So they don’t obstruct their view,” he said. “There are other hazards on the road, like potholes.”

While trick-or-treating, families be should mindful of motorists out on the roads.

“Be aware that there’s other people around,” Kulko said.

Children should be instructed not to run into the street or between parked vehicles.

“Parents need to make sure they watch their children. Keep them from darting and dashing,” he said.

Always trick-or-treat in a group; never go alone.

“Young children should always have adult supervision with them at all times,” Kulko said.

Only stop at well-lit homes; avoid dark or unlit residences.

“Please don’t get in a car with a stranger,” he said.

After the trick-or-treating is over, parents should inspect the candy that their child collected.

“Don’t eat open candy and don’t take open drinks from strangers,” Kulko said.

As for those motorists out on Halloween night, authorities urged them to slow down.

“Be aware that there are children trick-or-treating,” he said. “Little goblins and ghouls will be running around on the streets.”

Drivers should pay attention to their surroundings at all times.

“Definitely, don’t text and drive,” Kulko said. “Stay alert as your driving through neighborhoods.”

Those headed to a party in costume should make sure it does not impede their driving.

“Please, don’t wear headgear or a mask while you’re driving,” he said. “They can put their mark on when they get to their location.”

Have a designated driver or plan to stay over for the night if you intend to drink alcohol.

“We will be out enforcing traffic laws and traffic safety,” Kulko said.

The CCPD will have roving patrols this weekend, with extra patrols tonight for trick-or-treating.

“To ensure the children are safe as they travel to and fro,” he said.

The Fort Myers Police Department reported that officers will be on the lookout for speeders, reckless driving and impaired drivers. To report the location of an impaired driver in Lee County, call 911.