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25 October 2011 - Halloween Safe StreetsWarning - this news article expired on 2011-11-01. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

2011 Halloween Safe Streets

On Monday, 31 October 2011, the Belleville Police Service will have extra help patrolling the city to ensure the safety of our children while they are taking part in Halloween activities.

Approximately 175 volunteers will be on foot and in vehicles on patrol to assist police. The volunteers will consist of Belleville Police Service Auxiliary officers, Community Policing volunteers, Loyalist College students, Quinte Amateur Radio Club members and local High School Students.

Our volunteers will be easily identifiable as they will be wearing orange florescent vests and will be walking in groups of three or four. These volunteers will be assigned throughout city and their purpose is to assist us by having an ?extra set of eyes and ears' to help keep our City and our children safe.

Safety practices for our City's youth

Halloween is exciting for all ages and the following are a few safety tips that can be considered to ensure this holiday is safe for both children and adults;

Choose a Halloween costume that fits appropriately and does not restrict arm or leg movement. The costume should not be too long or it may cause tripping.

Add reflective tape to the costume. Large reflective areas or stripes are easiest to see, but adding tape as small accents that blend into the costume is also effective.

Add reflective tape to sneakers that will be worn while trick-or-treating.

Trick-or-treat only to known neighborhoods and stay in well-lit areas. Avoid empty lots, industrial areas and other questionable locations.

Carry a flashlight to help with nighttime visibility.

Check all collected candy for rips, punctures or improper packaging. Discard any suspicious or unknown items.

Use battery operated candles to eliminate the risk of fire or burns in jack-o-lanterns.

Keep outdoor lights on during the evening to provide good illumination for trick-or-treaters and to discourage Halloween pranks.

Keep family pets safely indoors during the evening to eliminate the chance of pranks or mischief.

For Adults- Drive with extreme care and caution on Halloween night. Children are very excited and may run onto the roadway without looking.

Young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.

Children should be reminded of safety rules. They should be reminded to walk on sidewalks and driveways, cross at street corners and never from between parked cars. Look in all directions before crossing the street and obey all traffic signals.