Trick-or-treat yourself to a safe Halloween
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Halloween night is almost here and as you lay out the costume and candy bucket, the Rapid City Police Department wants to make sure safety is in the front of everyone’s mind.
Before heading out the door, talk with your kids about how to stay safe.
“Talk to them about the importance of maintaining visible,” said Community Relations Specialist with the RCPD, Brendyn Medina. “If you have older kids venturing out on their own, always have those safety conversations.”
Be sure to wear bright colors, but if your costume doesn’t call for anything vibrant, pair it with reflectors or a flashlight.
The department bumps up their patrols on Halloween, focusing on the safety for all out celebrating the night. They urge parents to be cautious, “find crosswalks to cross at and make sure you’re checking both ways before entering that crosswalk”, says Medina.
Safety is a two-way street and drivers should take it slow and be on the lookout for ghouls, ghosts, and goblins.
Medina says after riding along with an officer last Halloween, a big takeaway was the number of drivers speeding in areas of heavy foot traffic. Drivers should be more alert and slow down in residential areas.
Once you and the kiddos are how safe and sound, don’t go for the candy just yet.
“It’s always a good idea to check the candy and make sure there’s nothing that can hurt a kid,” said Medina.
Look for anything out of the ordinary, anything that’s been tampered with, and if you’re unsure – err on the side of caution and throw it out.
Then, dig in.