Garrison community readies for Halloween

| October 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Col. Duane R. Miller
Director, Emergency Services
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command

Col Miller

Miller

As Halloween approaches, we wanted to take an opportunity to discuss this year’s festivities.

Halloween trick or treat hours will be 6-9 p.m,. Oct. 31.

We will be out doing our part to make sure the community has a safe and enjoyable event.

The Directorate of Emergency Services will provide increased security presence in the community during trick or treat hours. Military and Department of the Army civilian police will be working together to ensure all activities are conducted in a safe manner. As always, the community should feel free to approach any MP or DA police officer with issues/concerns.

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 personnel will hand out chemical light souvenirs to children over the course of the evening.

Tripler Army Medical Center and the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks 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) or USAHC-SB Radiology, Bldg. 685, first floor, 5-7 p.m., on Halloween, or 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Nov. 1.

Residents planning not to give candy to trick-or-treaters should indicate so by leaving their porch lights off.

DES also recommends that parents advise their children that if no one opens a door after one or two knocks/rings to move on to the next residence.

(Note: X-raying candy will not detect nonmetals, such as fine particles, liquids, powders or chemical contaminates.)

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Pumpkin

 • Halloween Safety

DES recommends that parents remind their children out trick or treating alone to think about safety:

  • 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.

Parents are reminded to abide by the USAG-HI Policy #34, Child Supervision:

  • 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 follow:

  • If children are under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian or a family member 18 years of age or older.
  • If children are returning from a community facility, installation activity, a youth service program or from paid employment.

For more information on the services and the personnel who support this community, visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/des/default.htm.

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