Tucumcari police chief Dennis Townsend said with Halloween parties and celebrations, trick or treating the weekend could promise to be dangerous and they should take certain precautions to keep people safe.
“Everyone should remember to not drink and drive and parents should take extra care in preparing for trick or treating,” said Townsend. “We want this to be a fun time not a tragic one.”.
Townsend listed a handful of suggestions for area adults, both for parents and non-parents.
•Don’t drink and drive. Your life, your family and trick or treaters depend on you being sober when you are behind the wheel on this Halloween weekend.
•Trick or treaters should stay on sidewalks. They should not walk in the street. They need to be cautious crossing streets. Wearing a mask can obscure vision take extra time and look both ways, twice, if wearing a mask or use face paint instead.
•Trick or treaters should stay in a neighborhood that they are familiar with, plan your route and share it with your family.
•Parents or a responsible adult should always accompany younger children.
•Children should wear clothing that is light colored and highly visible or has reflective material. Carry a flashlight or other flashing lights.
•Trick or treaters should only go to houses with a porch light on, accept their candy at the door and never go inside a stranger’s house.
•Children should be cautious of animals and strangers on the street.
•Parents and children Inspect treats before eating and it should be made clear to children to not eat candy if the package is opened or homemade.
Townsend also pointed out that small hard candies are a choking hazard for young children and that parents should be very watchful of the small children with such candy.
The Tucumcari Chief of Police also said that his officers would be “out in force” both Saturday and Sunday evenings in case anything came up.
“I encourage parents or children to call us if anything occurs that they consider out of the ordinary or dangerous,” said Townsend. “That’s what we’re here for.”