PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – Ghouls, goblins, and vampires will soon visit Pasco County neighborhoods for Halloween, hoping to collect their fill of sweets and treats.
Pasco Sheriff’s Office is sharing safety tips to remind everyone that a safe Halloween is a happy Halloween.
Citizens can set the stage for a great night by ensuring their homes are safe for trick-or-treaters. Start by tidying outdoor spaces. Remove hazardous objects that could be dangerous in the dark such as hoses, lawn decorations, toys and overgrown landscaping.
Keep safety in mind when setting up decorations. Use battery-operated candles in place of flame-lit candles. Secure anything that could cause someone to trip, such as electrical cords. Avoid having any decorations on or very close to pathways or sidewalks to leave the space clear for visitors.
Slow down and ensure you’re visible while out on Halloween, no matter how you travel. Trick-or-treaters should stay on the sidewalks and should not dart into roads or between vehicles. Stay in public areas, and do not take shortcuts through backyards, parks or trails.
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When crossing the street, look both ways before crossing, and use a crosswalk if its available. Visit homes with the lights on and do not enter homes or cars for a treat. Those traveling on foot should carry a flashlight or glow sticks to ensure they’re visible.
Bike riders should have a light on their bikes as well. Drivers should use extra caution when traveling in residential communities. Slow down in these areas and be cautious of pedestrians and cyclists. Park cars in designated areas to avoid blocking entrances to neighborhoods or driveways.
Set a safe, familiar route for older children going out on their own and let them know how important it is for them to stick to this route.
Be safe with costumes! Focus on lightweight, bright, visible and flame-resistance when picking what to wear.
Add reflective tape or glow sticks to accessorize costumes while adding increased visibility. Avoid oversized costumes, large candy bags, uncomfortable shoes and consider using makeup in place of masks. Halloween masks can be hot, uncomfortable and can reduce vision. Obstructed sight from costumes can be dangerous when crossing streets and using steps or stairs.
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Always check candy to look for evidence of tampering. Stress the importance of not eating any treats until returning home. Pack special snacks to enjoy and avoid the temptation of eating candy while trick-or-treating. If candy looks questionable, discard it immediately. Remember, vandalism and threats are crimes. Guardians and parents should discuss the importance of making responsible choices with children and teenagers. Actions have consequences, and those commit crimes can be held accountable for their choices. Contact law enforcement immediately report any suspicious or unlawful activity. If you see something, say something!
PSO wants to ensure our communities stay safe, without any spooks or scares. Following these safety tips can help keep our community protected this Halloween. Stay safe, celebrate responsibly and have a happy Halloween!