The Natchez Police Department shared some Halloween safety tips to remember when you take your children trick-or-treating.
They mentioned that roughly four times as many kids ages 5-14 are killed while walking outside on Halloween night compared to other evenings of the years. Falls are also the leading cause of injuries among children on Halloween.
To prevent any injuries or accidents, keep these guidelines in mind when you head out to find some candy!
1) Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.
2) Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult.
3) Have their full names and phone number attached to their costumes.
4) Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them.
5) Use flashlights. stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing yards.
6) Wear clothing that is bright, reflective, and flame retardant.
7) Consider using face paint instead of mask. (Mask can obstruct a child’s vision.)
8) Avoid wearing long, baggy, or loose costumes or oversized shoes (to prevent tripping).
9) Review the route for trick-or -treating beforehand and set a time to be home.
10) Avoid wearing hats that will slide over eyes.
1) Supervise the outing for children.
2) Establish a curfew (return time)
3) Avoid giving choking hazards such as gums, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys as treats.
4) Watch for children in the street and on medians.
5) Inspect all candy for safety before children eat it.
6) Have children get out of cars on the curb side, not on the traffic side.
7) Drive slowly.
8.) Exit driveways and alleyways carefully.
9) Prepare homes for trick-or-treaters by clearing out porches, lawns, and sidewalks and by placing jack-o-lanterns away from doorways and landings.