Reminders for a safe trick or treat excursion
The disappearance of a 7-year-old North Florida girl walking home from school last week is a grim reminder that our children are at risk in public places.
So as our kids venture out this Halloween to scare up candy, let's all remember an important list of safety tips from the St. Petersburg Police Department.
• Homeowners should turn on exterior lights to let trick-or-treaters know they are welcome and clear the yard of obstacles that may be hard to see in the dark, lest someone go bump in the night.
• Falls are a leading cause of injury among children on Halloween night, so even the scariest of costumes should be cut short to ensure a safe trip around the neighborhood.
• A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children as they roam the neighborhood. Small groups are safer and more fun.
• Attach reflector strips to costumes and candy bags, or give the children glow sticks or flashlights to make them more visible to drivers.
• All drivers should slow down on that night; you never know when a little Zombie or Transformer will dart into your path.
• Parents should check all treats before their children eat anything. Be especially wary of anything that is not factory-wrapped or is no longer sealed. Of course, all adults are entitled to a percentage of the candy.
Here's to a safe and fun evening for all of the ghouls and comic book heroes who will invade our neighborhoods next weekend.
Bill Proffitt, St. Petersburg Police Department