Tips For A Safe Halloween
Soon our streets will be scattered with little ghosts, goblins, and witches trick-or-treating this Halloween. Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun for our kids. Here are some safety tips to ensure that Halloween is fun and safe.
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.
Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
Check the sex offender registry at www.sexoffender.ncdoj.gov, when planning your child’s trick-or-treat route. You can view maps that pinpoint registered offenders’ addresses in your neighborhood and sign up to get email alerts when an offender moves nearby.
Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children's companions.
Make sure older kids trick-or-treat in a group.
Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger's home.
Establish a return time.
Tell your youngsters not to eat any treats until they return home.
Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.
All children need to know their home telephone number and how to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.
Pin a slip of paper with the child's name, address, and telephone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.
If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Strips of retro-reflective tape should be used to make children visible.
Have children carry a flashlight, glowstick or reflective bag.