The Scariest Time Of The Year
Protection And Service – By The Winter Park Police Department
No, we’re not talking about the start of the school year or being in the midst of hurricane season, we’re talking about the upcoming Halloween holiday. While preparing for this ghoulish event, we want you to keep these tips in mind:
- When picking out costumes, ensure there is good visibility and try to avoid masks that impede peripheral vision. Also, wear comfortable shoes with adequate tread. Costume lengths should allow freedom of movement to prevent tripping.
- Make sure you or treat during appropriate hours. Nothing says that you have to wait until darkness falls before beginning. Also, as a courtesy, treat gathering should end by 8:30 p.m.
- Young children should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
- Trick or treat in neighborhoods you and your children are familiar with in case you get separated.
- Only go to homes decorated or with a porch light on and never go inside a stranger’s home.
- Make sure costumes have some portion that is reflective and carry a flashlight or “glow” stick.
- Only cross streets at corners and never “cut” between parked vehicles.
- If older children are going out alone or with their friends, have an agreed-upon route and return time.
- Never eat non-sealed candy or treats.
When driving through neighborhoods, proceed slowly, and pay close attention to sidewalks as you exit and enter driveways. When parking, do not block sidewalks or walkways. Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and pay particulate attention at all intersections.
Check walkways that lead up to your front door for trip hazards and remove any excessive vegetation from the area. Make sure pets are secured when opening the door as this is a scary time for them as well.
Have a safe and happy evening and don’t forget that Police Officers really like chocolate!!!