Halloween Safety Tips
As swarms of costumed children race around the streets this Halloween eve, we must remember the importance of safety during this festive event.
Some suggestions include:
* Make sure children are accompanied by an adult or responsible teenager when they go door-to-door. If they do not have an adult or older brother or sister to go with, use the “Buddy” system and travel with a group of children. Parents should know the route their children are taking, and children should never trick-or-treat alone! Set limits on when children should return home.
* Kids always want to eat candy, so we suggest giving them candy from home prior to leaving the house so the temptation is not as strong. Instruct children not to eat (or nibble on) anything they’ve collected until they are home and the treats have been examined. Cut and wash fruit before eating. Throw away anything unwrapped. (If you are providing loose or handmade goodies, why not add your name to the package so that parents will know where it came from?)
* Children should wear safe shoes and clothing that is light in color and short enough to prevent tripping. Be sure the children can hear and see well through masks to avoid cars (try face makeup instead). Costumes should also have reflective strips, and remember to carry a flashlight or glow stick if out after dark.
* Encourage your children to Trick-or-Treat in your own neighborhood and pick streets that are well-lighted. Walk on the sidewalks and only cross at corners, not between parked cars. Never enter a stranger’s house or get in their car.
* Leave your porch light on so children will know it’s ok to visit your home. Keep children safe by removing bikes and other obstructions from your walkway.
* Finally, tricks and jokes can be amusing, but vandalism is not. Vandalism is a crime punishable by law. Inform children of the need to respect others and their property!
Resource: The National Crime Prevention Council and the American Crime Prevention Institute. If you would like further information on Child Safety, please call Tuckie Shaver with the Boise Police Crime Prevention Unit at 570-6073.