Published on October 29th, 2012 | by NSB Observer0
10 Tips for a Safe Halloween
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to put safety first as they prepare for the upcoming Halloween ritual on Wednesday. A good place for parents to start to make sure they’ve selected a safe trick-or-treat route is the Sheriff’s Office’s on-line sex offender alert system, OffenderWatch. Free to users, OffenderWatch gives residents a way to monitor the home address of convicted sex offenders.
Here are some additional tips to make sure all those little ghosts and goblins enjoy a safe Halloween:
Ø Be sure that at least one adult accompanies children at all times, with a definite route and timetable set before leaving for trick-or-treating. If you’re going door-to-door, select a route that has adequate street lighting.
Ø Try to complete the route before dark. If darkness falls and a few more houses are beckoning, have a flashlight or chemical glow stick handy, but never candles or torches.
Ø At night, approach only those houses with outside lights on. Not only are youngsters safer in a well-lighted place, but they also may be more welcome. Often homeowners who don’t want to participate in the trick-or-treat ritual leave porch lights off as a signal. Respect their wishes and go on to the next home.
Ø Remember common-sense traffic safety rules: Stay on sidewalks, walk facing traffic, obey all traffic signals and cross streets only at intersections or crosswalks.
Ø Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Place reflective tape on both the front and back of each costume and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
Ø Consider using makeup on children’s faces instead of allowing them to wear masks, which are hard to see through and can make breathing difficult.
Ø Be certain that all parts of costumes are flame-retardant, including wigs, beards and capes.
Ø Make certain that costumes fit well to prevent children from tripping. Also, costumes should be appropriate for the weather so that trick-or-treaters stay dry and comfortable.
Ø Trick-or-treat bags should hang from children’s shoulders so that hands are free.
Ø Be certain that no treats are eaten until an adult inspects them. Any unwrapped or suspicious-looking items should be thrown out.