Police issue tips for safe holiday

By Dee O'Neal

Children will have a happy Halloween if it is safe, according to a list of “Safety Tips” released by the DeKalb Police Department this week.

Every Halloween children are injured in auto accidents and fires. Others suffer from falls, cuts, bruises or poisoned treats.

The DeKalb Police Department said the decision to go trick-or-treating must be made by the parents. Some of the dangers parents should be aware of include flammable costumes and wigs, masks that reduce vision and “treacherous treats,” such as razor blades in apples or needles and pins in candy.

Suggested times to trick-or-treat on Tuesday are from afternoon till dark, but the time limitations are not required.

The police department recommends that, for the safest possible Halloween, parents should accompany children on their trick-or-treat rounds. If that is not possible, parents should limit trick-or-treating to the homes of friends, relatives and neighbors. Children are advised to wear make-up rather than masks and hair spray rather than wigs.

The police also recommend that children carry flashlights and wear reflective strips on their clothing if they intend to trick-or-treat after dark. Although there is no official time when trick-or-treating ends, DeKalb police suggest that children be home by 8 p.m.

Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb will not be screening candy this year. However, they will host a Halloween party for children 10 years of age and younger on Friday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The party will be held in the Murphy Center on the main floor of the hospital. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary.