Halloween is a special time for children, but children don’t always know what is and is not safe. If your children are going trick or treating on Halloween, there are several tips to follow for their safety.
· Make sure they wear light colored costumes with plenty of reflective tape so they are visible to cars and trucks. Take a flashlight along for added visibility.
· Look left, right and left again when crossing the street.
· Put electronic devices away so there are no distractions.
· If possible, have them go while it is still light outside.
· They should be accompanied by an adult, or an older brother or sister.
· Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
· They should not sample candy given to them until it has been checked by an adult for possible tampering.
· Notify a deputy if suspicious or harmful items are found in your child’s collection of treats.
· They should stay away from homes with dogs loose in the yard.
· Having a Halloween party is a good alternative to the tradition of trick or treating. It gives kids an opportunity to have a good time in a supervised and safe atmosphere.
Tips for people driving on Halloween:
· Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may dart in front of cars when crossing the street.
· Take extra time and look carefully for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
· Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.
· Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
· Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
· Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours
And a few tips for pet owners:
- Don't leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween: There are plenty of pranksters who will go out of their way to tease pets and you don’t want your dog to bite a trick-or-treater who might venture too close.
- Trick-or-treat candy is not for pets: Chocolate is poisonous to many animals, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed by your pet.
- Be careful your cat or dog doesn't dart out through the open door when you open it for trick or treaters.
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