KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Offer Halloween Safety Suggestions (Updated)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Offer Halloween Safety Suggestions (Updated)
DATE: October 26, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
This Halloween safety news release has been updated with some additional information.

Kingsport Central Dispatch has been receiving numerous 9-1-1 calls from citizens inquiring about times for trick-or-treating. Please be advised that this is not an acceptable use of 9-1-1, but to answer this question, while there is no officially sanctioned time schedule for trick-or-treating, most people consider approximately 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM a reasonable timeframe.

We have also found this online guide to Fall festivities occurring throughout the area, compiled courtesy of the Kingsport Times News:

http://www.timesnews.net/Community/2018/10/15/Haunts-Happenings.html?ci=featured&lp=8&ti

Please also note the included image with a message from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office regarding Halloween parties and impaired driving.

As previously released:

With October 31st just around the corner, the Kingsport Police Department would like to offer some suggestions for a safer Halloween experience.

When it comes to costumed children and candy collecting, the Kingsport Police Department is a strong advocate of the “Trunk or Treat” and “Fall Festival” concepts as significantly safer alternatives to traditional door-to-door Trick or Treating.

Rather than having kids wandering along dark neighborhood streets, knocking on the doors of complete strangers, Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival events are typically held in cordoned-off and well-lit parking lots or enclosed venues and are sponsored by reputable business, churches, or other community organizations.

Furthermore, most of these events also include food, games, activities, and/or costume contests. There will be several Trunk or Treats and Fall Festivals taking place throughout the Kingsport area in the coming days, giving kids multiple opportunities to sport their costumes and collect goodies.

Following are two particular events scheduled for this year that have been brought to our attention:

1) Church Circle Fall Festival, sponsored by surrounding churches, on Sunday, October 28th from 5:00-7:00 PM

2) Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Trunk or Treat, held at Blountville Middle School Track, on Wednesday, October 31st from 5:30-7:30 PM

With that being said, on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is certainly an option. While there is no officially sanctioned time schedule for trick-or-treating, most people consider approximately 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM a reasonable timeframe. For those choosing this historically popular activity, the Kingsport Police Department offers the following Halloween safety tips courtesy of the National Safety Council:

Halloween Safety On and Off the Road

Kids love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house. But for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.

In 2016, 7,330 pedestrians died in traffic or non-traffic incidents, according to Injury Facts. Non-traffic incidents include those occurring on driveways, in parking lots or on private property.

NSC research reveals about 18% of these deaths occurred at road crossings or intersections. Lack of visibility because of low lighting at night also plays a factor in these deaths.

Here’s a scary statistic: Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. In 2017, October ranked No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,700. July is No. 1, with 3,830 deaths.

Costume Safety

To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips. Before Halloween arrives, be sure to choose a costume that won’t cause safety hazards.

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, and give them glow sticks or a flashlight
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is non-toxic and always test it in a small area first
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

Trick or Treating

  • A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
  • Agree on a specific time children should return home
  • Teach your children never to enter a stranger’s home or car
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home. Inspect the candy for any tampering and/or loose or torn wrappers. Discard any goodies that might pose as a choking or allergy hazard.
  • Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street

Safety Tips for Motorists

NSC offers these additional safety tips for parents – and anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours:

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
  • Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

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