Police reminding residents of safety tips ahead of Halloween

NORMAN, Okla. – While it is one of America’s favorite holidays, Halloween can also be dangerous for some people.

Halloween falls on Wednesday, Oct. 31, with many trick-or-treaters hitting the pavement from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Norman Police Department is reminding residents of the following safety tips:

For pedestrians:

  • Trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood. Plan a trick-or-treating route in a familiar, well-lit area

  •   Ensure trick-or- treaters are accompanied by an adult and walk in groups

  •   Make sure children and accompanying adults wear bright, easily visible costumes and clothing and carry a flashlight or some other alternative lighting source

  •   Never go into a stranger’s home or accept a ride from someone you don’t know

  •   Walk on sidewalks wherever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe and to prevent accidents or injury

  •   Always cross the street at a corner or an intersection using traffic signals and crosswalks, and remember to look both ways before entering the roadway.

For motorists:

  • Drive slowly, eliminate distractions and remain attentive in neighborhoods. Many young children are out for the evening, especially during the peak hours of 5:30 to 7 p.m.

  •   Use EXTREME CAUTION when driving in areas where street lighting is poor or in case of inclement weather

  •  Enter and exit driveways carefully as children are quickly moving through these areas

  •  Utilize a designated driver if you plan to attend a Halloween party where alcohol will be served.