Conexion San Angelo/ Staff Report

SAN ANGELO-- Halloween has been celebrated on October 31 in the United States since the early 1800’s and is traditionally a family-oriented holiday when children (big and small) get to dress up and enjoy candy and other treats. 

In order to assist the San Angelo community in enjoying this fun-filled holiday as safely as possible, the San Angelo Police Department has compiled the following Halloween safety tips for children and their parents.

Costumes should be made of light-colored, fireproof material.

Children should wear proper fitting, comfortable costumes and shoes.

Props such as toy guns or swords should be made of pliable material.

Realistic replica firearms should never be used.

Masks should not be worn if they impair vision.

Wigs should be fireproof and should not restrict vision.

Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.

Children should trick-or-treat during daylight hours.

Children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween.

Parents should know what route their children will be taking.

Set a specific time limit for your children to be out on Halloween night.

Advise children that they should never enter strangers’ homes.

Never invite children into your home.

Children should never accept rides from strangers.

Children should walk, not run, during their trick-or-treat activities.

Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.

Children should never take shortcuts through backyards or alleys.

Children should always use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.

Children should look in all directions before crossing the street.

Instruct children not to stray from their group.

A responsible adult should escort children while trick-or-treating.

Adult escorts should carry flashlights.

Don’t leave your home unattended on Halloween night.

Keep pets inside your home, or other safe place on Halloween night.

Give wrapped homemade treats only to children you know.

Children should never eat any treats until they have been examined.

All fruit should be cut and closely examined before eating.

We hope you have a spooktacular time!

 

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