Halloween Safety Reminders
OPD Corporal Michael Stewart recently spoke to Lamar Elementary pre-k students about being safe on Halloween. Below are some Halloween safety reminders for both kids & parents.
Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
Never go trick-or-treating alone.
Never go inside a stranger’s house to get treats and stay outside at a safe distance.
Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars and cross only at intersections.
Carry a glow stick or flashlight to make sure people see you and you can see them.
Try makeup instead of a mask, which can obstruct your vision.
Have your parents check all treats before you eat them and don’t eat candy if the package is already opened.
Help your child choose a safe costume. A safe costume should be fireproof or fire retardant. It should also be brightly colored or treated with reflective tape, and should not be a tripping hazard. Masks should allow for clear vision.
Make sure a responsible adult is with your young children when they go trick-or-treating.
If children will be going trick-or-treating alone, set a safe route and a time for them to be home. Have them check in with you at regular intervals.
If you are driving, make sure to drive slowly and safely. Children are twice as likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year.
Check all treats before allowing your child to eat them. Allow children to eat only unopened treats and those in their original wrapper.
Pick up items in your front yard and porch so kids won’t trip.
Make sure your pets are securely indoors on Halloween night.