Victoria police offers Halloween safety tips
Oct. 30, 2010 at 5:30 a.m.
By Chris Guerra
Soon, porch lights across the city will light up to welcome goblins, ghosts, superheroes, princesses, clowns and many other creatures.
With all the fun that Halloween brings, along with it also comes some very real safety issues to be aware of. Follow these safety tips to make sure your favorite little hero or villain gets home safe:
Stay in neighborhoods you know well or go to one of the local events, such as the Malloween, or one of the many fall festivals that will be held throughout the city. These places are much safer than random trips through unfamiliar neighborhoods. Wherever your children go, go with them. It is more fun and a lot safer.
Costumes should fit properly to avoid tripping. Any masks worn should not hinder the child's vision, especially to the sides. Costumes should be brightly colored or use ample lights to make the child easy to see. Props and bags should be small and easy to carry so they do not create dangers.
Staying on the sidewalks, off the grass and off the street is the safest path.
Trick-or-treat only at well-lit houses and do not go inside, stay on the front porch.
Keep in mind that even your own pets can be scared by costumes and may harm a child if the animal feels threatened.
As adults, try to minimize items in your yard that might be tripped over, broken or stolen. When driving, take extra time to be especially aware of pedestrians. Small children in dark costumes can be difficult to see.
After trick or treating, all candy should be inspected. Do not eat anything that is not in its original packaging from the manufacturer. Do not eat anything from trick or treating before returning home and inspecting it.
For more information, contact Victoria Police Officer Chris Guerra, Crime Prevention Unit, 361-485-3808.