Archives

City Police Blotter

Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.

Share
RSS feed of this blog

Halloween Safety

On Thursday evening, children of all ages will be venturing out for trick-or-treat fun throughout the neighborhoods of Fredericksburg and the surrounding counties.

My friend and colleague Bill Kennedy of the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office recently published a handy list of safety tips for children and parents and I’ve added some of my own advice as well:     

  • Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them.
  • Children should wear identification bracelets or have their name and address attached inside their costume in case they become separated from their group.
  • Always use flashlights.
  • Walk through the neighborhood with friends and/or family and stay together as a group.
  • Trick-or-treat only at homes that have porch lights on and only in neighborhoods where you are familiar with the streets and residents.
  • Never take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.
  • Never enter the home of a stranger or accept rides from a stranger.
  • Try to wear costumes made of white or light colored materials.  If your costume is dark, attach reflector tape on the costume to increase night time visibility.
  • Young children should ALWAYS be accompanied by an adult or responsible older sibling.
  • Look in all directions before crossing the street and obey all traffic signals.  Cross the street at the corner or crosswalk.
  • Carry trick-or-treat bags that have strong straps or handles.  This allows you to carry the bag with one hand leaving the other hand free.
  • Make sure someone in the group has a cell phone so you can call 911 in case of an emergency.

Be safe and have fun!

 

 

Permalink: http://news.fredericksburg.com/citypolice/2013/10/29/halloween-safety/

*/