Halloween Safety Tips From DA Charles Hynes

October 25, 2012 Charles J. Hynes
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With Halloween fast approaching, here are some easy tips to help keep your children safe while they enjoy trick-or-treating:

  • Children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult while trick-or-treating;
  • Do not eat unwrapped candy and inspect all treats before eating them;
  • •Avoid hallways and deserted areas that are dimly lit;
  • Do not enter a stranger’s home or car;
  • Obey all traffic rules;
  • Walk on the sidewalk and not in the street;
  • Do not wear costumes that block your view;
  • Do not wear clothing or accessories that suggest that you are affiliated with a gang;
  • Carry flashlights and wear reflective clothing at night;
  • Do not wear costumes that make it difficult to walk;
  • If your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out without you, make sure that he or she has a cell phone, and instruct him or her to stay in well lit, well-populated areas. Preferably, it is best for a group to stay together while trick-or-treating without an adult;
  • Explain to children of all ages the difference between tricks and vandalism which could be a criminal offense;
  • Pet safety should also be a consideration. Some people find Halloween to be an excuse to perpetrate acts of animal cruelty. Harming animals is morally wrong and punishable by the law.

Make this Halloween a fun, safe and a festive occasion for you and your family!

Charles Hynes is the Kings County District Attorney.


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