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Release: October 22nd, 2010 NCPC Article 5/5
Immediate Release: Halloween Safety Tips for
the Family during Crime Prevention Month
LA – Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa would
like to wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween. Crime Stoppers
urges parents to have a Trick-or-Treat route plan and asks them to
follow a few simple tips to protect their children. The National
Crime Prevention Council suggests “Playing it Safe on Halloween”
and offers the following “Pointers” for parents and children:
is a fun holiday for kids, but for parents, trick-or-treat time can
be a little scary. Concerns about children’s safety - whether they
are out in the neighborhood or back home with bountiful bags of
goodies-can cast a spell on the evening’s festivities. But not to
Worry! Following a few safety tips will ensure that Halloween will
be a “howling” good time for all!
trick-or-treaters at home by turning on your exterior lights.
Hazardous objects from your yard.
your Neighborhood Watch Group to patrol the neighborhood and recruit
volunteers to be “witches helpers” to help children cross the
slowly all evening-you never know what creatures may suddenly cross
hosting a Halloween party with games and treats to avoid
costumes safe- check to make sure they are flame-retardant so your
little one is not in danger near candlelit jack-o-lanterns. Keep
them short to avoid trips and falls. Try makeup instead of a mask
so nothing obstructs their vision when they are crossing streets and
going up and down stairs. Make sure kids wear light colors or put
reflective tape on their costumes. Encourage children to create or
wear costumes that do not need fake weapons to be scary and fun.
with your young child at all times and if you can’t be with them
make sure your older children go out with friends in groups. If you
live in a rural area drive them all in your car.
a time limit for trick-or-treat and map out a safe route, not taking
any shortcuts through dark alleys or fields. Try to get them to
trick-or-treat while it is still light outside. Parents- check
www.TPSO.org for a list of registered sex offenders along your
route. They are not allowed to hand out candy, wear masks, or
participate in the trick-or-treat holiday. If you see someone that
looks suspicious call 9-1-1.
a flashlight, glow-stick, or reflective bag.
not let you children eat their treats until they get home and you
have checked them in a well lighted area. Only eat unopened checked
candies that are in their original wrappers and don’t forget to
inspect fruit and homemade goodies for anything suspicious. To keep
them from snacking while you are still out feed them a substantial
meal before you leave home.
a SAFE and fun Holiday! For more information please visit
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