Halloween Safety Tips From The Pinellas County Sheriffs Department

Dated: October 30 2018

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This Halloween, while you are unleashing your creative side, take note of these safety tips to keep both adults and children safe this year:
  • Buy or make costumes in the proper size and length to prevent falls and injuries.

  • Carry a light source, like a flashlight or glow stick, and incorporate lighter colors or something reflective on costumes to ensure trick-or-treaters are visible in the dark.

  • Plan ahead so that young children are always accompanied by an adult. Travel in groups, and cross the street at intersections - do not leave anyone behind. Walk on sidewalks to be visible to drivers and other trick-or-treaters.

  • Maintain communication with someone at home in case of an emergency. If older children go out without supervision, designate a time they must return home.

  • Visit only houses with their porch light on, and never enter a house or vehicle while trick-or-treating.

  • When carving pumpkins, allow young children to draw designs with markers, and have an adult carve it out, as it is dangerous for young children to operate sharp tools.

  • Use artificial light, such as glow sticks or electronic candles, instead of real candles inside of jack-o'-lanterns to prevent burns and house fires. If you choose to use a real candle, keep open flames away from curtains and other flammable objects.

  • If you plan to pass out candy, remove from your yard items that could be stolen or cause injury, such as garden hoses, toys, and bikes. 

  • Restrain pets that may frighten or harm visitors at your door.

  • Inspect the candy you collected when you get home. Tampering is rare, but be cautious, and throw away anything expired, open, or questionable.

Thanks to Pcsoweb.com for these great tips.

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