Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 11-345

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • October 17, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Halloween Safety Tips

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is offering safety tips for kids, parents and motorists to ensure that Halloween is safe and enjoyable for all.
    • Monday
    • October 17, 2011
    • Time: 4:14 PM
    • Hillsborough County

    Halloween Safety Tips:

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is offering safety tips for kids, parents and motorist to ensure that Halloween is safe and enjoyable for all.

    Tips for Kids:

    • Stay in your own neighborhood, go with a friend, in a group or adult.
    • Go only to homes with lights on or Halloween decorations displayed.
    • Do not eat any treats until they have been checked by an adult.
    • Watch for cars when crossing the street.
    • Tell a parent or adult about anything that makes you uncomfortable or scared.

    Tips for Parents:

    • Make sure your child’s costume allows freedom of movement and good visibility, carrying a flashlight makes kids more visible.  If possible, have children trick or treat before dark.
    • Insist that children trick or treat with a friend, group or adult.
    • Young children should always go with an adult or responsible teenager.
    • Insist that children stay in their own neighborhood and on an agreed route.
    • Before children eat any treats, check them. Use your discretion about homemade treats even with an address label.
    • The safest rule is to throw out anything that is not store wrapped and in good condition.
    • Cut fruit into pieces before eating to make sure it has not been tampered with.
    • Sponsor a party in place of trick or treating. Sometimes shopping malls will sponsor a party with each shop owner providing the treats. Use your imagination.
    • Give store-wrapped or non-edible (crayons, stickers, small party favor) treats.
    • If you must give homemade goodies, put your name and address on each treat (address labels work well) and give them only to children you who know you.

    Tips for Motorists:

    • Exercise extreme caution when driving and be alert for excited children, whose vision may be obscured by masks or costumes, darting into traffic.
    • Use caution and be aware of children while backing vehicles out of driveways or parking spaces.

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