Sheriff Growdon Emphasizes Safety While Trick-or-Treating
Saturday, October 27th, 2012
Trick -or- Treating is a great annual adventure for Susanville children, and Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon is reminding parents and children of some basic saftey-tips that will help keep the night fun for all.
- 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 glow-stick.
- Children over the age of 12 who are responsible enough to go without you, 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 your children to stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts, and never go in isolated areas.
- Let your children know to tell you or another 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 your 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 and 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, school or Community events as a safe alternative to Trick-or-Treating.