Beware, it’s Halloween: Installation trick or treat safety reminders offered

| November 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Children celebrate Halloween early Tuesday evening at Halloween Bedtime Stories at Sgt. Yano Library. Iliana Rangel, 8, holds a treat bag she decorated with stickers as she prepares for trick or treating. (Photo by Amy Nogami, FMWR)

Children celebrate Halloween early Tuesday evening at Halloween Bedtime Stories at Sgt. Yano Library. Iliana Rangel, 8, holds a treat bag she decorated with stickers as she prepares for trick or treating. (Photo by Amy Nogami, FMWR)

Directorate of Emergency Services
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Parents and Halloween trick-or-treaters can expect increased security for all U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii community housing tonight, Oct. 31, during authorized trick or treat hours, 6-9 p.m.

Military and Department of the Army civilian police will be working together to ensure all activities are conducted in a safe manner.

Community members are encouraged to approach any military or DA police officer with issues and concerns.

Safety reminders
Parents are strongly encouraged to have children carry a flashlight or a chemical-light. Parents should dress children in light-colored clothing or sew reflectors on dark clothing.
Military Police will hand out chemical-light souvenirs to children over the course of the evening.
Other safety precautions include these:
•Wait for proper traffic signals and stay on the sidewalk, whenever possible.
•If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the roadway facing traffic.
•Look both ways before crossing the street and
use crosswalks.
•Never enter vehicles or homes when invited by a stranger.

Halloween participation
Residents not participating should indicate so by placing a “SORRY NO TRICK OR TREATING HERE” sign on their door.
Directorate of Emergency Services officials also recommend that parents advise their children if no one opens a door after one or two knocks or rings to move on to the next residence.

Installation child supervision policies
During this event, parents are reminded to abide by USAG-HI Policy #34-Child Supervision, which states the following:
•Children under the age of 10 require an adult escort.
•Children 13 years of age and younger must be inside their or a friend’s residence by 9 p.m.
•Children 14-17 years of age must be inside their or a friend’s residence by 10 p.m.
Exceptions apply when children are under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian or a family member 18 years of age or older or returning from a community facility, installation activity, a youth service program or from paid employment.

Candy X-ray precaution
Tripler Army Medical Center and the Schofield Barracks Health Clinic Radiology departments will X-ray candy for all eligible personnel.
•Families wishing to have their treats examined should report to the TAMC Radiology reception area, 3G, mountainside, 7-9 p.m., Friday.
•Report to Tripler Radiology or Schofield Radiology (Bldg. 685, first floor) any time during the workday of Nov. 1 (from 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.).
The X-raying of candy won’t detect non-metals, such as fine particles, liquids, powders or chemical contaminates.

Librarian Janet Howard, left, and Nicole Wallace, a library and information science student from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, read to children at Halloween Bedtime Stories at Sgt. Yano Library, Tuesday evening. (Photo by Amy Nogami, FMWR)

Librarian Janet Howard, left, and Nicole Wallace, a library and information science student from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, read to children at Halloween Bedtime Stories at Sgt. Yano Library, Tuesday evening. (Photo by Amy Nogami, FMWR)

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