Safety Tips Offered For Halloween
With Halloween rapidly approaching, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office wants to offer safety tips and reminders to parents and children before they embark on a night of trick or treating.
1. Only purchase costumes and accessories that are marked flame resistant.
2. Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.
3. Try using make up instead of a mask. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, which can be a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
4. Costumes with light colors and / or reflective tape are best. Someone in the group should carry a flashlight. Consider putting reflective tape on their bags too.
5. Kids should always trick or treat in groups, rather than alone, preferably with adult supervision and carry a cell phone for quick communication.
6. Parents should select the safest route for children to take. Children should stay on sidewalks (where available) or on the shoulder of the roadway facing traffic. Children should avoid walking in the roadway, in alleys or poorly lit areas and be cautious not to dart from behind shrubs or parked vehicles.
7. Drivers should slow down and use extreme caution, especially in neighborhoods where children are sure to be located.
8. Children should be instructed to stop only at familiar homes and where the outside lights are on. They should also be advised to NEVER go into a home or car to collect treats. They should not stop at houses that are dark or do not have the porch lights turned on.
9. As an alternative of going door to door, parents should consider taking their children to community sponsored events such as those hosted by community centers, churches, schools, etc.
10. Children should be told not to eat any treats until they get home and the parent or adults can examine them.
11. Children (and adults) should only consume unopened candies and treats in original wrappers. Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded. Don’t forget to inspect fruit and homemade treats for anything that looks suspicious.
We hope these tips will help make sure this Halloween is a safe and enjoyable one.