Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween will soon be upon us. Here’s a few safety tips if your kids will be going out.

  • Dress warm
  • Wear reflective clothing
  • Use face paint instead of a mask for better vision
  • Don’t walk in the street
  • Wear fire-resistant clothing
  • Carry a flashlight
  • Always go with a trusted adult
  • Only go to places where you know the people
  • Wear reflective clothing
  • Try to be done before dark.
  • Let a responsible adult check all candy before you eat anything
  • Do not go into homes
  • Do not go out by yourself
  • Respect others’ property
  • Stop by the Northfield Safety Center to pick up your free Halloween trick or treat bag

Better yet, organize a block party for Halloween. Try to participate in established parties or community activities. For younger kids, sometimes inviting a few friends over for an inside Halloween party can be more fun and much warmer too!

Steps to Help Prevent Property Damage

  • Take all lawn furniture and ornaments inside
  • If you don’t want pumpkins smashed, take them inside after dark
  • Leave outside lights on all night
  • Consider neighborhood patrols
  • Remove all lawn signs for the evening
  • Take in all garden hoses and tools
  • Park cars in a garage or in a drive instead of on the street and lock them
  • Communicate and reinforce appropriate behavior to your kids before they go out.

Finally, motorists need to be very careful when driving because of the increase in pedestrian traffic, especially after dark.

If you are interested in more Halloween safety information tips. Go to the National Crime Prevention Center web site Halloween section by clicking here.

About Gary Smith

Chief Smith has served over 31 years in the criminal justice field. He is currently a consultant assisting public and private organizations better establish community goals and ethical conduct with the members of their organizations. Chief Smith serves as a facilitator, lecturer, professor and other capacities both inside and outside the criminal justice field.
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