Halloween Safety Tips for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

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The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, District 3 will hand out candy to trick or treaters on Halloween from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at 7202 Gunn Highway in Citrus Park.  The staff  expects more children to be out trick-or-treating this Friday because of no school on Saturday.

HCSO News Release Below:

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has these Halloween safety tips for children, parents and motorists.

Tips for Children:

1. Stay in your neighborhood, go with a friend, a group or a responsible adult.

2. Go only to homes with lights on or Halloween decorations displayed.

3. Do not eat any candy until an adult or parent checks the candy.

4. Watch for cars when crossing the street.

5. Tell a parent or adult about anything that makes you uncomfortable or scared.

Tips for Parents:

1. Choose bright costumes and have children carry flashlights or glow sticks.  Add reflective tape to costumes and candy bags.

2. If possible, have children go trick or treating before dark.

3. Insist that your children trick or treat with a friend, group or adult.  Young children should always go with an adult or responsible teenager.

4. Insist that children stay in their own neighborhood and on an agreed route.

5. Make sure your children know your cell phone number, their home telephone number and address, in case you get separated.

6. Consider giving your children a cell phone so they can reach you easily.

7. Teach children to call 911 in an emergency.

8. Always walk young children to the door to receive treats.

9. Don’t let children enter a home unless you are with them.

10.  Check all candy before letting children eat them. Use your discretion about homemade treats, even with address labels.  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 fruit has not been tampered with.

Sponsor a party in place of trick or treating or visit shopping malls sponsoring a party.

Give store-wrapped or non-edible items (crayons, stickers, small party favors).

If you must give homemade goodies, put your name and address on each treat and hand out only to children who know you.

Tips for Motorists:

Excercise extreme caution when driving and be alert for excited children, whose vision may be obscured by masks or comstumes, darting into traffic.

Use caution and be aware of children while backing vehicles out of driveways or parking spaces.

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