Police Ideas To Keep Your Kids Safe On Halloween - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/31/08

Police Ideas To Keep Your Kids Safe On Halloween

Lubbock police have some Halloween reminders for you and your kids. We have the entire list copied below.

HALLOWEEN SAFETY

The Lubbock Police Department would like to remind parents and children to have a safe Halloween. Wherever you venture for the night of October 31st you need to be especially alert and careful. The following are some recommended guidelines for parents and kids to use on Halloween:

Children

  • Always use common sense. Young children should always go trick-or-treating with an adult.
  • Never trick-or-treat alone. Have at least 2 buddies go with you.
  • Plan your entire route and make sure your family knows what it is.
  • Wait until you get home and your parents check your candy before you eat it.
  • Be very cautious of strangers.
  • Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside a strangers house.
  • Be sure and say thank you for your treats.
  • Do not play near lit jack-o-lanterns.
  • Visit only houses where the lights are on.
  • Walk, do not run. Walk on sidewalks and driveways.
  • Cross the street at the corner or in a crosswalk.
  • Take a cellular phone and watch with you if possible.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Wear costumes with reflective markings and bright colors.
  • Costumes should not drag the floor.
  • Costumes should be made of flame-resistant material.
  • Use face paint instead of masks-masks can obstruct vision.

Parents

  • Accompany younger children.
  • Instruct your child to never enter a home alone without prior permission from you
  • All accessories should be made of flexible material-no sharp objects
  • Establish a route and a return time
  • Inspect treats before eating. Throw out if candy in the package is already opened. Small and hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children

Motorists

  • Notice parked cars and drive slowly pass them-children may dart out from behind them
  • Enter and exit driveways carefully
  • Watch for children walking along roadways and curbs

Homeowners

  • Make sure walkways are safe for children to enter
  • Consider using flashlights or glow sticks instead of candles in your jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard
  • Turn on porch light to increase visibility. Clean up all lawn accessories to avoid falls
  • Put all animals inside
  • Keep decorations off the walkways
  • Never invite a child in that you do not know
Happy Halloween!
Kid Friendly Activities and Fall Festivals
There was a time when millions of American youngsters took to the streets for trick-or-treating. But these days, many parents prefer a safer alternative.

 

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