How to keep kids safe on the street and sidewalks!
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing the street and keep looking as you cross.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, face traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
KEEP COSTUMES BOTH CREATIVE AND SAFE
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible choose light colors.
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
DRIVE EXTRA SAFELY ON HALLOWEEN
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Eliminate any distractions in your car so you can concentrate on the road and surroundings.
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn on your headlights.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., so be extra alert during those hours.
The Cleveland Police Foundation, in partnership with the Cleveland Division of Police and the Ohio Crime Prevention Association present these tips so citizens can help to make our community safer.