Halloween Safety Tips, courtesy of Polly Klass Foundation
Every Halloween season children begin filling with excitement from the time they decide what costume to wear, to the moment they step out the door for the big night of Trick-or-Treating!
This long-time tradition is one of the most fun nights of the year for all ages – and should continue to be fun as long as everyone keeps some important safety tips in mind. Here is a great list of advice we wanted to share with you:
- Make sure your children choose bright colored costumes … many costumes can be dark and “spooky” but this also makes children difficult to see in the dark, and creates a risk of being hit by a car. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, child pedestrian accidents increase by 4 times on Halloween – So insist that your child add some bright colors to their dark costumes.
- Plan a route that your family is familiar with. If you have little kids, make sure they are accompanied by an adult or older sibling who has the capacity to actually care for them.
- Make a plan for where to meet if for some reason you and your child, or your children are separated.
- Make sure your kids have your cell phone number memorized , or has a written copy of your number. Make sure all phones are fully charged before heading out.
- Remind your children how to call 911 and what kind of situations constitutes as an “Emergency”
- Remind your children that while they are relatively safe, they need to know what to do if someone tries to grab them. The should practice yelling “NO!!!!” – let them say it to you loudly in your living room so they have confidence on how to do this.
- Be sure your child knows to walk around parked vehicles, allowing plenty of space between them and the vehicle, so that no one can attempt to pull them inside. They should also be told they have permission to kick and scream and yell for help as loud as they can, if someone tries to get them into their vehicle.
- Always walk smaller and younger children to the door to receive treats and remind them they are not to enter anyone’s home unless you are with them.
These are things to discuss with your child days BEFORE Halloween – because once the big day comes, they are preoccupied.
The night of Halloween – Have them gather around, remark on how great their costumes are – and ask them to repeat to you, what you told them about Halloween Safety – and if they forgot anything – remind them in a loving way.
Happy Halloween! Have Fun and Be Safe!!! For more child safety tips please visit:
Daily Property Crime in the Foothills: Thursday, October 26th
3 Stolen Vehicles: 9900-block of Chapala Dr NE, 10800-block Comanche Rd NE, 12000-block of Skyline Rd NE
1 Commerical Burglary: 9700-block of Candelaria Rd NE.
2 Residential Burglaries: 11400-block of Cochiti Rd SE, 13100-block of Wenonah SE.
5 Auto Burglaries:
3100-block Lori Pl NE, 11100-block of Cordova Ave NE, 200-block of Western Skies Se, 3800-block of Big Bend Rd NE, 1200-block of Betts St NE.
Entries: Two by breaking windows, three unforced entries.
Items stolen: Laptop. Wallet, EBT card, Sam’s Club card, driver license. Vehicle registration and a debit card.
NAVY DAY: Navy Day is observed annually on October 27. It is a day to salute all of the women and men who have served, both past and present, in the United States Navy.
The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is currently the largest, most powerful navy in the world, with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The service has over 340,000 personnel on active duty and more than 71,000 in the Navy Reserve.
HISTORY: The Navy League of the United States organized the first Navy Day in 1922. October 27 was chosen as the date because it was the birthday of President Theodore Roosevelt. This is also the anniversary of a 1775 report issued by a special committee of the Continental Congress favoring the purchase of merchant ships as the foundation of an American Navy. President Roosevelt had been an Assistant Secretary of the Navy and supported a strong Navy as well as the idea of Navy Day.
Have a great National Navy Day, National Black Cat Day and National Frankenstein Day today — have a safe weekend,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command