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SCMPD offers tips for safe Halloween

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The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police is gearing up for another Halloween, and they are making sure everyone has a safe evening.

APO Elizabeth Hardy explains that during this time of year there is more pedestrian traffic. Kids are dressed in dark clothes, and with more people on the streets, it can lead to more accidents.

A SCMPD press release offered these tips to ensure a safe and fun Halloween:

1.  Trick-or-treat in groups and with an adult.

2.  Stay on sidewalks when possible and look both ways before crossing the street.

3.  Wear comfortable shoes.

4.  Stay well lit—apply reflective tape to costumes and carry a flashlight.

5.  Make sure costumes are easy to walk in and aren't too long.

6.  Avoid wearing masks that are hard to see out of.

7.  Watch out for open flames in jack-o-lanterns.

8.  Leave pets at home and secured in the home or backyard.

9.  Carry costume accessories that are safe and cannot be mistaken for real weapons.

10. Check candy before eating it; make sure it is in its original wrapper.

SCMPD is also hosting a few safe trick-or-treat events for children and their parents.

On Wednesday, Oct. 30 officers will be holding a Trunk-or-Treat event at the Islands Precinct (54 Johnny Mercer Blvd.) from 5-7 p.m.  The public is invited to come out and meet the officers and enjoy free food, candy and entertainment.  McGruff the Crime Dog will be there too!

On Thursday, Oct. 31, officers will be holding a "Safe Kids Halloween" event at the Central Precinct (1512 Bull St.) for trick-or-treaters from 6:30-9 p.m.  Officers and volunteers will be handing out candy and there will be lots of spooky Halloween lights, props and music for everyone to enjoy.

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