Safety First This Halloween!!!
It's almost that time of year once again. Halloween is approaching, and we expect large group of children to be out and about that evening, enjoying the festivities. Our primary concern on Halloween, and any other time, is the safety of our children.
We here at the Monroe County Sheriff Department would like to offer the following safety tips:
1. Fake knives, swords, guns, and other costume accessories can potentially cause injury. Make sure they are not too long for the costume and review with your child that they are part of the costume and not a weapon.
2. Only purchase costumes and accessories that are marked flame-resistant.
3. Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.
4. Try using makeup instead of mask. Mask can obstruct a child's vision, which can be dangerous when kids are crossing streets and going up and down the stairs.
5. Costumes with light colors and/or reflective tape are best. Someone in the group should carry a flashlight. Consider putting reflective tape on their candy bags as well.
6. Children should always trick-or-treat in groups, rather than along, preferably with adult supervision. Children should always carry a cell phone for quick communications.
7. Parents should select the safest route for children to take. Children should stay on sidewalks (when available) or on the shoulder of the roadway facing traffic. Children should avoid walking in the roadway, in alleys or poorly lit areas, and be cautious not to dart from behind shrubs or parked vehicles.
8. Drivers should slow down and use extreme caution, especially in neighborhoods where children are sure to be located.
9. Children should be instructed to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on. They should also be advised to NEVER go in homes or cars to collect treats. They should not stop at houses that are dark or do not have the porch lights turned on.
10. As an alternative of going door-to-door, parents can take their children to community -sponsored events such as those hosted by community centers, churches, schools, etc.
11. Children should not eat any treats until they are home and a parent or an adult can examine them.
12. Children (and adults) should only consume unopened candies and treats in original wrappers. Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded.
With a little preparation, communication and diligence, Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable evening. Of course, we will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us.
EAT CANDY AND BE SCARY!!
Sheriff, Michael K. Neal