POSTED: Friday, October 29, 2010 - 3:59pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 29, 2010 - 4:10pm
Here are some Halloween safety tips from the Lufkin Police Department:
Dress for Safety:
· Keep costumes short and simple; long, elaborate costumes can cause falls and injuries.
· Choose costumes made of flame-retardant and light-colored or reflective materials; add reflective materials to dark costumes to increase low-light visibility.
· Consider face-painting as an alternative to masks that can obstruct the wearer's vision.
· Remember that animals, even those you own, may react negatively to costumes.
· If you're walking, watch for cars - they might not see you.
· Travel with a parent and as a group, never alone.
· At least one person in the group should carry a flashlight and a mobile phone.
· Walk on the sidewalk. If no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
· Don't cross the street between parked cars.
· If you're driving, be observant, drive slowly, and watch for children - they might not see you.
· Trick-or-treating routes should be pre-planned and following a well-lighted path through an area familiar to you.
· Stay with your child and make sure everyone in your group knows the pre-planned route.
· Don't trick-or-treat in unfamiliar areas; instead, attend safe Halloween parties at a friend's home, school, church, or community center.
· Smaller Halloween bags are easier for children to manage (and they fill quickly).
· Trick-or-treat while it is still light outside and you'll be home early enough to enjoy your treats.
· Make it clear to your child that they are never to enter an unfamiliar house or car.
· Teach your child to say "No" and "This is not my mother/father" in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, to accept anything other than a treat, or to leave with them.
· Keep your mobile phone with you and make certain that your child knows your phone number and home address, in case they get lost or separated.
· Immediately report all criminal, dangerous, or suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency.