Sheriff provides tips on Halloween safety
Oct. 26, 2012 — Halloween has become a popular holiday delighting both children and adults alike, but caution needs to be taken, especially if you will be taking children trick-or-treating or will be sending teens and tweens out by themselves Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Be sure to check out these safety tips provided by Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon. People can also go to the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office link under co.lassen.ca.us to find out where registered sex offenders are living in the area.
Safety tips are:
•You or a responsible adult should always accompany children ages 12 and under when trick-or-treating.
•Ensure costumes fit well, are flame retardant and never obscure visibility.
•Have your trick-or-treater wear reflective clothing and/or carry a light or glowstick.
•Children over the age of 12 who are responsible enough to go without an adult, should stay in groups, follow an agreed upon route, and watch for cars.
•Teach your children to never enter any home without you or without your permission and only approach homes that are well-lit.
•Remind children to stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts and never go into isolated areas.
•Let your children know to tell you or a trusted adult if they see anything weird or unusual.
•Teach your children to bring treats home before eating them. Eat only factory-wrapped treats unless you know the giver well.
•Teach children to say no and get away from any person or situation making them feel scared, uncomfortable or confused, even if it means yelling, kicking, attracting attention or any other means of resisting. Trust their feelings and be sure to tell a trusted adult.
•Consider safe alternatives such as parties at home, schools or community organized events as a safe alternative to trick-or-treating.
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