It’s almost time for trick-or-treating!
Trooper Jim O’Callaghan with New York State Police stopped by News 4 on Tuesday to talk about how to keep your little boys and ghouls safe Wednesday night.
Do not allow a child to go “Trick or Treating” alone. Be sure older children TAKE A FRIEND and an ADULT accompanies young children.
Be certain to accompany young children to the door of every house they approach.
Be certain that parents are familiar with every house and all people from which the children receive treats.
Children should be cautioned that they should NOT enter any home without prior permission from their parents.
Children should be cautioned not to approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by a parent.
Make sure that all children carry a glow stick or wear reflective clothing.
When using facial masks, make sure that children can see and breathe properly and easily.
All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant.
Children should be warned to NEVER approach any house that is not well lit and does not have a porch or “outside” light on.
Children should be cautioned to remember any suspicious incidents and report them to their parents and/or the proper official.
Children should be cautioned to run away from people who try to trick them with special treats.
Children should be instructed to scream and make a scene if anyone tries to grab them or force them, in any way, to go with them.
Parents should inspect all treats and dispose of anything that seems to have been tampered with, has been opened, or is not wrapped.
A good alternative to “Trick or Treating” is for parents to organize parties at home, in schools, or in community centers.
The International Association of Fire Fighters also shared some tips for safety on Halloween:
- Use battery-operated candles or glowsticks in jack-o-lanterns.
- When lighting candles in jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter.
- Be sure to keep lit pumpkins away from flammable materials, and out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.