Lawrence County Sheriff's Office Lawrence County Sheriff's Office Lawrence County Sheriff's Office
     
Home History of the Sheriff's Office Press Releases Sex Offenders Most Wanted Contact Us
Sign Up For Alerts
Administration
Bailiff Division
Detective Division
Dispatch
Emergency Management
Frequently Asked Questions
Jail Division
Inmate Roster
Patrol Division
Reserve Division
Victim's Advocate
Warrants
Deadbeats
Crime Tip HOTline 888-635-TIPS (8477) or submit via email

Phone:
(417) 466-2131
(24 hours)

Crimestopper Hotline:
(888) 635-TIPS (8477)

Email
Map

240 North Main, Suite 10
Mt. Vernon, MO 65712

Administrative Office Hours:  M-F 8am - 4pm
 
     
10/26/2010

Halloween Safety Tips Offered

SAFETY TIPS OFFERED FOR HALLOWEEN

       

Halloween is fast approaching and we expect large groups of children out and about that evening.  Our primary concern on Halloween, and any other time, is the safety of children and with that in mind the Sheriff’s Office would like to offer the following safety tips.  It is a good idea to review these with your children before they begin their “trick or treat” adventure too. 

  

1.      Fake knives, swords, guns, and other costume accessories can potentially cause injury.  Make sure they aren’t too long for the costume and review with your child that they are part of the costume and not a weapon.  Make sure they are made out of cardboard or other flexible materials.

 

2.      Only purchase costumes and accessories that are marked flame resistant.

 

3.      Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls. 

 

4.      Try using make up instead of a mask.  Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, which can be a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down

            steps.

 

5.      Costumes with light colors and/or reflective tape are best.  Someone in the

group should carry a flashlight.  Consider putting reflective tape on their bags too. 

  

6.      Kids should always trick or treat in groups, rather than alone, preferably with

adult supervision and carry a cell phone for quick communication. 

 

7.      Parents should select the safest route for children to take.  Children should stay on sidewalks (where available) or on the shoulder of the roadway facing traffic.  Children should avoid walking in the roadway, in alleys or poorly lit areas and be cautious not to dart from behind shrubs or parked vehicles.  Drivers should slow down and use extreme caution, especially in neighborhoods where children are sure to be located.   

 

8.      Children should be instructed to stop only at familiar homes and where the

outside lights are on. They should also be advised to NEVER go into a home or car to collect treats.  They should not stop at houses that are dark or do not have the porch lights turned on. 

 

9.      As an alternative of going door to door, parents should consider taking their

children to community sponsored events such as those hosted by community centers, churches, schools, etc.

 

10. Children should be told not to eat any treats until they get home and the

parent or adults can examine them. 

 

11. Children (and adults) should only consume unopened candies and treats in original wrappers.  Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded.  Don’t forget to inspect fruit and homemade treats for anything that looks suspicious.

 

 

Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable evening with a little preparation, communication and diligence.   

 

Of course, we will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us. 

 

Thank you for your cooperation. 

 

Sheriff Brad A. DeLay

 

 

 

 

 
     Lawrence County Sheriff's Office | © 2014
     Lawrence County, Missouri