A number of families will be celebrating Halloween on Wednesday, October 31, 2007. With that in mind, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Section offers a few safety tips to help keep “trick or treat” activities safe.
- Supervise small children at all times. Instruct them to only visit homes that have the porch light on; and to never enter the home of a stranger.
- Have children use sidewalks in well lit streets in familiar neighborhoods.
- When choosing a costume remember to wear fire-retardant and light-colored or reflec-tive clothing; avoid masks that limits a child’s vision.
- Remember to inspect all candies and goodies received and remove any choking haz-ards for small children. Motorists should drive carefully watching for all pedestrians.
- Drive slowly through neighborhoods, and be prepared to stop suddenly.
- Watch for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
- Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
- Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible - even in the daylight.
“The festivities of the holiday can create great excitement for children, it’s our job as par-ents to supervise all of their activities,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “Please join me in keep-ing our children and the citizens of Polk County safe this Halloween.” For more information on Halloween Safety, please contact the PCSO Crime Prevention Section at 863.534.6677.