Halloween safety tips

Halloween safety tips

Halloween safety tips

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by WCNC.com staff

WCNC.com

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 1:03 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In an effort to keep local children safe, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is offering safety tips to young trick-or-treaters.

Police say children should:
 

  • Be sure your parents know where you are going.
  • Go with a group or 3 or more people.
  • If you feel unsafe, take along an adult.
  • Do NOT ride a bicycle. Your costume could get hung up in it.
  • Carry a Flash Light.
  • Walk on a sidewalk.
  • If a sidewalk is not available, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  • Cross busy streets at an intersection or cross walk.
  • Be sure to look both ways (2 times) before crossing the street.
  • Walk, don't run.
  • Take off your mask while walking from house to house.
  • It is a good idea to wear clothing with reflective tape.
  • If you wear a mask, be sure you can see out of it clearly.
  • Be very cautious of STRANGERS.
  • Only stop by houses that have their front porch light on.
  • Accept treats only in the doorway. NEVER go into the house.
  • Let your parents check your treats before you eat them.
  • NEVER eat unwrapped candy, opened candy or fruit given to you on Halloween.


Parents are advised to:
 

  • Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children's companions. Set a time limit.
  • 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.
  • Feed the kids before they go so they will be less likely to eat the treats before they get home. Warn them not to eat anything before you inspect it.
  • Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.
  • Pin a slip of paper with the child's name; address and phone number inside a pocket in case the child gets separated from the group.
  • Welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and any exterior lights on.
  • Patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief and crimes against children.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately; you can dial 9-1-1.
  • Candlelit jack-o-lanterns should be kept clear of doorsteps and landings.
  • Consider using flashlights instead of candles to light jack-o-lanterns.
  • Keep pets away from doors so children will not become frightened.

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