Somerset County Sheriff Shares Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is a highly anticipated day for both children and adults. By now most kids know who they want to be and have made arrangements with friends to go trick or treating. As parents you too can plan ahead for their safety by going over safety tips with them for walkers and drivers that night.
To ensure the safety of their children, parents are advised to prepare and review safety plans with them. “Go over simple information such as their phone number and home address in case of an emergency, plus what to do if a stranger approaches them,” said Sheriff Frank Provenzano. “Since impaired driving is known to occur frequently over this holiday weekend, reinforce the importance of being alert when crossing the street.”
Sheriff Frank Provenzano is asking parents, children and motorists to follow a few safety tips:
- Know the route your children will be taking if you aren't going with them.
- Make sure you set a time for them to be home.
- Have your children eat a good dinner before going out.
- Make sure your children are properly supervised while out.
- Make sure they trick or treat in a group if you are not with them.
- Children 12 years and younger should be accompanied by an adult.
- Tell your children to never go into a stranger's house.
- Tell your children to stay out of the street while walking.
- Choose a costume that is brightly colored and easy to see in the dark.
- Carefully inspect all food and candy before letting your child eat it (when in doubt, throw it out).
- Carry a flashlight and always keep a safe distance from moving cars.
- Cross at street corners, not diagonally across an intersection and never between parked cars!
- Look in all directions before crossing; obey all traffic signals; walk-don’t run.
- Wear reflective clothing or a glow-type necklace and bracelet. These have saved lives.
- Do not take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.
- Only visit homes with porch lights on.
- Don’t go inside anyone’s home.
- Don’t accept car rides from strangers.
- Don’t eat any treats until your parents have inspected them.
- Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.
Halloween is one of the nation’s most dangerous nights to drive. Consider driving at least five miles per hour under the speed limit in residential areas and allow extra time to get to your destination so you can drive with extreme caution.
If you have any further questions about trick or treating, contact your local police department. In case of an emergency, dial 911.
For another layer of safety, residents can check the New Jersey Sex Offender Internet Registry at www.njsp.org/sex-offender-registry/index.shtml