Are you planning on going trick-or-treating in your neighborhood this year? It’s important to be safe as well as have fun while out and about after nightfall.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office offers the following safety tips to parents and trick-or-treaters to make the process safer for all involved:
Make your child’s costume distinguishable
Ensure your child can easily walk in the costume and that the fabric is flame retardant. Use glow bracelets/sticks, reflective tape, and flashlights. With store-bought costumes, change or add something to make your child distinguishable from others.
Maintain proper supervision for your children.
TPSO strongly urges parents to supervise their own children. If you must entrust your child to another adult, obtain up-to-date contact information. If they are headed out with a group, make sure there is a buddy system in place.
Stay off your smartphone.
Adults should be ever vigilant while supervising children, and no one should be walking along the roadside while looking down or distracted. Carry a standard flashlight instead of draining your smartphone battery by attempting to use the built-in light.
Inspect all treats collected.
Discard anything that is not sealed, has torn packaging, looks questionable, or could be a choking hazard.
Talk to your children about safety.
Remind them to walk (don’t run) on sidewalks or near the edge of the roadway – never in the center and always facing traffic. Remind them to stay in front of residences giving out candy and NEVER enter a residence. Have a plan for in case you and your child get separated. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
Authorities also urge residents who want to participate in Halloween to prepare early. Clear sidewalks and pathways of obstacles and put away anything that children may trip over. TPSO also suggests you turn on your lights so that your property is well lit and also to secure any pets that may attack or frighten children.
Motorists are asked to keep their travel to a minimum on Halloween night due to the high number of pedestrians on the streets. Those who must be on the roads are asked to be cautious in residential areas. While it’s always a best practice to eliminate all driving distractions such as smartphones or the radio, drivers are encouraged to pay special attention to their driving on Halloween night.•