Halloween Safety Tips

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MONROE, La (OPSO Release / Red Cross / MPD) - With tricks and treats fast approaching, Sheriff Russell would like to make the public aware of some Halloween safety tips to keep kids safe.

Top tips to keep your kids safe on Halloween

For parents and children:

Children under 12 should trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult.
• Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
• Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Parents should remind children to watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
• Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street.

For drivers:

• Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
• Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day so you can spot children from greater distances.
• Remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle.
• Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

Costumes and Treats

• Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and choose light colored costumes to improve visibility.
• Choose face paint and make-up instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision. Look for non-toxic designations when choosing Halloween makeup.
• Avoid carrying sticks, swords, or other sharp objects.
• Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as to be seen by drivers.
• Liquid in glow sticks is hazardous, so parents should remind children not to chew on or break them.
• Check treats for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them. Candy should be thrown away if the wrapper is faded or torn, or if the candy is unwrapped.


The American Red Cross has some safety tips to help stay safe this Halloween while enjoying the festivities.


1. Use only flame-resistant costumes.

2. Plan the trick-or-treat route - make sure adults know where children are going.

3. Have a parent or responsible adult accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood.

4. Make sure trick-or-treaters can see and be seen. Give them a
flashlight to light their way. Add reflective tape to costumes and
trick-or-treat bags. Have everyone wear light-colored clothing to help be seen.

5. Instead of masks which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see, use face paint instead.

6. Be cautious around animals.

7. Only visit homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the
door - never go inside.

8. Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is
available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner. Don't cut across yards or use alleys. Don't cross between parked cars.

9. Make sure a grown-up checks the goodies before eating. Remove loose candy, open packages and choking hazards. Discard any items with brand names that you are not familiar with.

10. Drivers - use extra caution. The youngsters are excited and may forget to look both ways before crossing.


People, who are planning on welcoming trick-or-treaters to their home,
should follow these safety steps:

1. Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.

2. Clear the porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip

3. Restrain pets.

4. Light the area well so the young visitors can see where they are

The Monroe Police Department H.E.A.T. Unit will be conducting Halloween Safety patrols tonight (October 31) to assist the patrol division in providing a safe environment for our trick-or-treaters.

The Monroe Police Department would also like to provide the following safety tips to help ensure this year’s Halloween is a safe and enjoyable one.

1. Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Make sure you walk and not run from house to house.

2. Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

3. Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks.

4. Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

5. Only walk on sidewalks. If not possible, walk along the far edge of the road facing traffic.

6. Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

7. Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

8. Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

9. Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame resistant costumes.