(Submitted by Officer Chrisman, School Resource Officer)
Contact Person; Officer Aron Chrisman 205
RE: Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is almost here again. It is an exciting time of year for kids of all ages. Before you get your “SPOOK” on please help ensure that we all have a safe holiday, and follow the Halloween safety tips provided by the Chadron Police Department.
· When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
· Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
· Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
· Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
· Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
· A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
· If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
· Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
· Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
· Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
· If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing oncoming traffic.
· Never cut across yards or use alleys.
· Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
· Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
· Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
· Teach children how to call 911 if they have an emergency.
· Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
· A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
· Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
If you have any questions, please contact the Chadron Police Department or School Resource Officer Aron Chrisman at 308-432-0510.