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      Kirksville Police Offers Halloween Safety Tips

      Halloween is just around the corner (Thursday) which means kids will be dressed up and trick or treating from neighborhood to neighborhood.

      The Kirksville Police Department would like to remind everyone of some very important safety tips.

      Chief Jim Hughes stopped by the set of Good Morning Heartland Wednesday morning to share some of these tips. WATCH VIDEO to learn more.â?¢ Make sure children are accompanied by an adult or a responsible guardian when they go door-to-door.â?¢ If children are unaccompanied by an adult, make sure you know what area they will be in and when you expect them to return. It would also be advisable for someone in the group to have a cell phone for contacting.â?¢ Instruct children never to eat anything until they are home and the treats have been examined by an adult. Throw away anything that is unwrapped.â?¢ Check the wrappers of commercial treats for any signs of tampering.â?¢ Make sure childrenâ??s costumes fit and that they can see well. Instead of masks that restrict vision, makeup should be used.â?¢ Have children stay in their own neighborhood and on well-lit streets.â?¢ Make sure children carry a flashlight.â?¢ Teach your children to use the sidewalk. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the street facing cars.â?¢ Know what friends your child will be with and the routes they are walking.â?¢ Leave a porch light on so children will know that it is OK to visit your home.The Kirksville Police Department urges citizens to be safety conscious all the time, but particularly at Halloween when more children are out on our local streets. Please take every measure to help secure the well-being of the children in our community and have a safe and Happy Halloween!If you have further questions or you notice or experience anything suspicious this Halloween season, please contact the police department at 785-6945 or 660-5621(after 5 p.m.).