Tips for keeping your children safe on Halloween

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

Keeping your children safe on Halloween really involves three phases: before they walk out the door, after they walk out the door and the moment they walk back in your door.

Halloween costumes are wildly popular and part off a multi-billion dollar a year industry.

But police say less may be more when it comes to your child's safety.

They say to make sure your child’s costume is flame retardant, as fire hazards could be prevalent.

And what, or who, should be around them at all times?

Police say there is safety in numbers.

They say children should never go into a house they don't know and avoid homes and areas that aren't well lit. Don't walk between vehicles into the street, cross at corners and never get too close to a strange car.

Also, as tempting as it may be, do not eat treats while you are out. It is a good idea to feed your children a good meal before they go out trick or treating. That should cut down on their snacking while they're going door-to-door.

Police say that is just another tool to give parents piece of mind and keep their children safe.

But she warns people not to take a "vigilante" approach to homes that list predators, rather just avoid them if it makes you feel more comfortable.

Halloween Safety Tips
• Younger children should be accompanied by an adult when "Trick-or-Treating", older children should go with friends.
• Parents should know the route taken by older children, and stay in neighborhoods known to them.
• Only approach homes that are well-lit, inside and out.
• Children should only enter homes known to them and with prior approval by parents.
• Children should wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight or glow stick.
• Costumes should always be flame-resistant. Stay clear of luminaries or candle-lit jack-o-lanterns.
• Make sure any masks worn allow for clear visibility and breathing.
• Don't eat any treats until they can be inspected for tampering, and don't eat homemade treats from any strangers.
• Stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts or go into isolated areas.
• Where there are no sidewalks, walk close to curb facing oncoming traffic.
• Cross only at crosswalks, don't walk between parked cars.
• Adults should never ask a child for help, they should ask other adults.
• NEVER approach a vehicle, even if it appears unoccupied.
• If someone tries to take a child (or anyone) scream, kick, run away, grab something large like a trash can, light pole, anything that makes it harder to be pushed into a vehicle.
• Report any suspicious people/activity to parents, police.
• Practice with children what to do when in danger.

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