Practice safety when trick-or-treating

Halloween is Tuesday night, and Biloxi public safety leaders are advising those families who are not participating in organized gatherings to make safety a priority when trick-or-treating in city neighborhoods.

The city offers these tips for parents, courtesy of the Los Angeles Fire Department:

When trick-or-treating:

— A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.

— Remind trick-or-treaters:

o Use a flashlight to see and be seen.

o Stay in a group, walk slowly and communicate where you are going.

o Trick-or-treat only in well known neighborhoods at homes that have a porch light on.

o Remain on well-lit streets and use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk exists, walk at the farthest edge of roadway facing traffic.

o Never cut across yards or use alleys.

o Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.

o Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.

o Always walk. Never run across a street.

o Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks.

o Remove any mask or item that may limit eyesight before crossing street, driveway or alley.

o Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have difficulty seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will.

o Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered.

o No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.

o Authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

After trick-or-treating:

— Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.

— Try to apportion treats for the days after Halloween.

— Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking (such as hard candies) are given only to those of an appropriate age.