LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
ROBERT B. McCALLUM, JR., SHERIFF
Halloween is a fun time for kids, but it is also an important time to be extra vigilant for possible safety hazards so that your children have a fun and safe Halloween. Some tips to make Halloween safe include: Motorists · Watch for children darting out from between parked cars. · Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. · Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully. · At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing. Parents · Make sure that an adult supervises the children. · Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. · Instruct your children to stop only at houses that are well lit and to never enter a stranger’s home. · Establish a return time. · Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home. · Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules. Accessories · Knives, swords and other accessories should be made form cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects. · Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or trimmed with retro reflective tape if children are allowed out after dark. · Carrying flashlights will help children see better and be seen more clearly. On the way
- Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.
- Walk; do not run, from house to house.
- Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
- Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.
Treats · Give children an early meal before going out. · Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten. · Wash fruit and slice it into small pieces. · When in doubt, throw it out.
I hope this article has reminded you of some important safety tips for Halloween. With some simple precautions, you can ensure that Halloween remains a safe and happy experience for the whole family.