Retired Nashville officer, ADS Security remind parents of Halloween safety tips
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A retired Metro Nashville Police Officer and ADS Security are reminding residents to be careful when on the streets this Halloween.
Formerly a homicide detective and police academy instructor, Connie Mack Tripp says families trick-or-treating should be extra vigilant. Citing a Safe Kids USA report, Tripp says a child is twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year.
But it's not just pedestrians who need to be cautious of their surroundings, drivers also need to take precautions. Tripp says vehicle lights should be on, even before dusk to make sure your vehicle is visible. Use your hazard lights when dropping off or picking up children and be sure to check all your mirrors and look for children in potential blind spots.
Children should have a flashlight to see where they are going and stay in groups. Tripp and ADS recommend to have children dress up in light-colored costumes for visibility and to be in your sight at all times.
When the night is over, it's important parents check the candy bag and inspect the candies. Anything opened, homemade, discolored, or appears to have tiny pinholes or tears should be discarded immediately.
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