Halloween is a time for fun, but it’s also a time to remember to stay safe. The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office released some good tips to make sure you and your children have a good, safe time trick-or-treating.
Halloween is a time for fun, but it’s also a time to remember to stay safe.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office released some good tips to make sure you and your children have a good, safe time trick-or-treating.
Here are the tips they provided:
A parent or a responsible adult should always accompany children ages 12 and under when trick-or-treating.
Ensure consumes fit well, are flame retardant, and never obscure visibility.
Trick-or-treaters should wear reflective clothing and/carry a light or glowstick.
Children over the age of 12 who are responsible enough to go without a parent, should stay in groups, follow an agreed upon route, and watch for cars.
Check for registered offenders living in the area before leaving home.
Teach your children to never enter any home without you or without your permission, and only approach homes that are well lit.
Remind your children to stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.
Let your children know to tell you or a trusted adult if they see anything weird or unusual.
Teach your children to bring treats home before eating them. Eat only factory-wrapped treats unless you know the giver well.
Teach your children to say NO and GET AWAY from any person or situation making them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused; even if it means yelling, kicking, attracting attention or any other means of resisting. Trust their feeling, and be sure to tell a trusted adult.
Consider safe alternatives such as parties at home, schools, churches, or community organized events.