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Edward J. Overman, Chief of Police
October 29, 2010
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Halloween Safety Reminders and Ideas:
Here are a few safety reminders and ideas for residents who will be participating in Halloween festivities in the DeLand area this weekend. Always preplan your Halloween adventure and determine safe areas to go. Residents should also check the area for sexual offenders/predators in the area and can do so by going to the Florida Department Of Law Enforcement Website at [Link]www.fdle.state.fl.us
Some safe Halloween alternatives are being offered by several area churches in DeLand on Saturday and Sunday evening.
DeLand Main Street Association will be presenting its annual “Monsters On Main Street” on Saturday Oct 30th from 6:00 PM -8:00 PM in downtown DeLand. Festivities include trick or treating at Main Street businesses, a kids dance party with a DJ , and prizes for the event.
Safety Reminders for a safe night out this weekend:
§ Trick or Treat while it is still light out. When Halloween falls on a weekend like this weekend, be courteous. Don’t trick or treat too early or too late.
§ Because a mask can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic and hypoallergenic makeup or a decorative hat as a safe alternative.
§ Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility, or carry a flashlight or glow stick.
§ Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.
§ Trick or treat in groups for your safety
§ Parents should always accompany younger children while Trick or Treating.
§ If there are no sidewalks, walk as close to the right side of the street as possible.
§ Always cross at crosswalks or traffic lights, not between cars.
§ Trick or Treat on well lit streets
§ Teach children their home phone number and to how call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind them that 9-1-1 can be dialed free from any phone.
§ Plan and review with your children the route and behavior which is acceptable to you.
§ Do not permit children to bicycle, roller-blade or skateboard in costume.
§ Agree on a specific time when everyone must return home.
§ Along with flashlights for all, older children and escorts should wear a wristwatch and carry cell phones.
§ Remind all drivers to remain cautious and drive slowly when Halloween night.
§ Parents should check all candy before allowing children to eat it!!!!
§ If the candy looks tampered with, do not eat it.
Have a Fun and Safe Night out
DeLand Police Department