Health & Safety

October 25, 2013

Trick-or-treat safely on Fort Huachuca

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Directorate of Emergency Services

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Thursday is Halloween. Keep the fun in trick-or-treating on Fort Huachuca by sharing safety tips with children in advance of the spook-tacular night.

Fort Huachuca’s Halloween trick-or-treat hours are 6 – 8 p.m. for youth under 14. Children, 9 and under, must be accompanied by an adult. According to the current curfew policy, children 17 and under must be home by 10 p.m. unless supervised by a parent or guardian.

To get ready for trick-or-treating, Fort Huachuca firefighters will give trick-or-treat bags to children Tuesday, 4 – 7 p.m. at the park on Hatfield and Smith streets across from the Main Fire Station. There will also be games and prizes. Firefighters will accept non-perishable food items for donation to the Chaplain’s Food Locker. There is a limit of one bag per child, and parents or guardians must accompany their children.

Standard access requirements for the installation remain in effect. Everyone 16 and over entering the installation must provide valid picture identification, and all motor vehicle operators must have in their possession a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance.

Access control personnel must be able to identify persons entering Fort Huachuca. Therefore, do not wear a costume with a mask or excessive makeup while entering post.

The Fort Huachuca Military and Department of Army Police will detain and cite juveniles violating the installation curfew policy. Violations will result in the parent or legal guardian required to sign for their Family members at the MP Station. In the event of a second offense, the juvenile offender will be required to appear before the Juvenile Review Board with his or her parents or legal guardian.

Directorate of Emergency Services, or DES, personnel also remind community members that if they choose to wear a costume, use discretion. Avoid wearing fake knives, guns or swords.

In order to ensure the Halloween trick-or-treating tradition is a safe and fun experience, adults and children are reminded to wear clothing with reflectors, carry a flashlight, and continually be aware of their surroundings, particularly when crossing roadways.

Avoid ‘stranger danger’ at all times

Parents should remind children about “stranger danger” by sharing these simple tips.

Never talk to anyone you don’t know or accept rides or gifts from strangers.

Caution children to tell mom, dad or a police officer if a stranger approaches them.

If a stranger does approach, ask children to remember what they looked like, whether the individual was a man or woman and the color of their hair and eyes. Children should also try to remember what the person was wearing and what the stranger said to them.

If they were in a car, what did it look like and what color was it? Ask older children if they remember the model.

Help locate strangers

If the child reports an incident, parents or guardians should call law enforcement as soon as possible.

Keep the child calm.

Assist law enforcement in gathering the facts from your child.

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se caution all year

Have a planned route to and from school and know how long it normally takes to complete the trip.
Encourage walking to and from school with friends.

DES personnel have prepared this guide to assist parents and guardians in keeping children safe. It is not all inclusive, and DES encourages parents to implement their own safety plan.




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