Although the weather forecasts wouldn’t show it, the holiday season is quickly approaching. This is a special time of year, one where families get together and our kids experience some of the most joyous memories of their life. We’re urging parents and guardians to take extra care to ensure their little ones will be safe this holiday season.
Halloween is right around the corner and there are several things to be aware of. One of the most important things to know is what houses to avoid when it’s time to trick-or-treat. Because sexual offenders and predators live in our community, we want you to stay away from those homes. It is illegal for those offenders and predators to handout candy, but it’s best to know where they are so you can stay away from those locations.
In addition to visiting the Pasco Sheriff’s Office website (www.pascosheriff.us) to search for sexual offenders, parents can also download our free app designed for Apple and Android cell phones. That app also has a function that allows you to search for homes where sex offenders are registered from your phone.
Pasco Sheriff’s Office deputies will increase their patrols on Halloween and our Sex Offender Unit will team with our Probation and Parole officers to go door-to-door, ensuring sex offenders are not giving out candy. Our goal for October 31 is for it to be a safe and enjoyable night for all.
Here are several tips provided by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to help you and your family have a safe Halloween:
- Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
- Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
- Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
- Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
- Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
- Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
- Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
- Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
- Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
- Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.