Help­ful tips

The Amherst News - - FRONT PAGE - Const. Tom Wood

Po­lice are re­mind­ing young and old to be safe this Hal­loween.

The Amherst Po­lice Depart­ment is rec­om­mend­ing sev­eral tips to Amherst res­i­dents for the 2018 Hal­loween season.

There will be in­creased ve­hic­u­lar and pedes­trian traf­fic dur­ing the even­ing. The Win­ston Av­enue area is al­ways very busy and res­i­dents should at­tempt to avoid driv­ing down this street dur­ing peak trick or treat­ing hours.

Some tips to think about for Hal­loween:

- AL­WAYS use a flash­light so you can see oth­ers and oth­ers can see you. Make sure you al­ways keep your flash­light on. It makes Po­lice Beat it eas­ier for driv­ers and other peo­ple to see you when you’re walk­ing or cross­ing the street.

- NEVER en­ter a stranger’s home. Stay out­side of the door. If you are in­vited inside, never ac­cept. Tell your kids if a home­owner won’t give them candy

un­less they go inside, leave im­me­di­ately.

- STAY on well-lit streets. If pos­si­ble, stay on streets with lots of other trick-or-treaters.

- DON’T trick-or-treat in areas you don’t know well and make sure to only go to homes that are well-lit. - MAKE sure to fol­low all traf­fic

sig­nals.

- TAKE off any masks be­fore cross­ing the street. Masks can ob­struct your vi­sion and make it dif­fi­cult to care­fully cross the street. Par­ents can also en­sure their chil­dren are wear­ing a prop­erly fit­ted cos­tume. Long, loose cloth­ing can cause kids to trip and fall when climb­ing up and down stairs. Cos­tumes should also be brightly coloured or at the least, have re­flec­tive tape so they are seen at night.

- NEVER al­low your child to go trick or treat­ing alone. It’s safer to go in a group of at least three or more peo­ple. Par­ents should know the route that their child will take while trick or treat­ing. Safe areas such as the po­lice sta­tion, fire depart­ment, etc. should be dis­cussed so kids know where to go if they are in trou­ble.

- NEVER eat un­wrapped candy, food or bev­er­ages. Tell your chil­dren to re­frain from eat­ing any candy un­til a par­ent can in­spect it. Home­own­ers are ad­vised to give pre-pack­aged items out for Hal­loween and re­frain from pro­vid­ing baked goods.

- DON’T zig-zag back and forth across the street. Go up one side of the street and then back down the other side. Chil­dren also should be ed­u­cated to walk on the left side of the road facing traf­fic when walk­ing on a street that does not have an avail­able side­walk. Chil­dren should al­ways cross at a cor­ner and they should be ad­vised to make sure they get eye con­tact with the driver and the ve­hi­cle is stopped be­fore pro­ceed­ing across.

- VE­HI­CLE driv­ers should also do their part. Kids are very ex­cited dur­ing Hal­loween and will some­times dart onto road­ways. Driv­ers are re­minded to scan the road­ways and be pre­pared for in­creased pedes­trian traf­fic.

- PRE-PLAN with friends on how you will be get­ting back home from Hal­loween par­ties. Whether it is get­ting a taxi, hav­ing a des­ig­nated driver, walk­ing home or stay­ing the night, party go­ers should have some­thing in mind that will pre­vent the temp­ta­tion of any­one to drive im­paired or ride with some­one who is driv­ing im­paired.

- PETS should be kept inside and away from the front door­ways as they can be­come un­pre­dictable when un­known per­sons are com­ing onto the prop­erty.

- BE vig­i­lant and re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity in your neigh­bour­hood. If you ob­serve youths walk­ing down the street with spray paint cans, re­port it. “Trick­ing” dur­ing Hal­loween is not ac­cept­able, it is a crime. We are ask­ing the pub­lic to call our of­fice at 902-667-8600 if they spot any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity and please dial 911 if there is an emer­gency.

Also, the Pump­kin Pa­trol will be out again this year pa­trolling the streets to keep our chil­dren safe. The Pump­kin Pa­trol con­sists of vol­un­teers and mem­bers from the Westcumb Am­a­teur Ra­dio Club and the Amherst Fire Depart­ment.

The po­lice depart­ment will also have ex­tra mem­bers con­duct­ing ve­hi­cle and foot pa­trols on Hal­loween night. The Amherst Po­lice Depart­ment would like to wish ev­ery­one a safe and happy Hal­loween.

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