The Collier County Sheriff's Office wants to help parents make sure their children have a safe Halloween.
Here are some tips:
Make sure children are dressed safely
■ Allow them to wear only flame-retardant costumes.
■ Keep costumes short to prevent falls.
■ Use make-up instead of masks when possible. Masks can obstruct vision.
■ Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
Make trick-or-treating trouble free
■ Children should travel in groups when trick-or-treating. Adults should accompany young children.
■ Map out a safe route for children and make sure they stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
■ Try to have them trick-or-treat while it's still light outside. If it's dark, make sure someone has a flashlight.
■ Make sure kids know not to enter strange houses or cars.
■ Teach children to say "No" or "This is not my mother/father" in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them.
■ Make sure other children know your home phone number, in case they get lost or separated.
■ Tell children not to eat their treats until they come home.
■ Check out all treats before your children eat them.
■ Let kids eat only unopened candies and treats that are in their original wrappers.
Don't let this Halloween turn into a nightmare! The Lee County Sheriff's Office wants to remind motorists to be safe, sober drivers.
Halloween is a time for scary costumes and family fun trick or treating. Unfortunately, it has also become a very dangerous and deadly night due to impaired driving. The Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit wants to remind citizens to keep their guard up. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, 48 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, which is illegal in every state.
For a safer Halloween weekend, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office recommends some of these simple tips to drivers:
■ Plan a safe way home before festivities begin.
■ Before drinking, please designate a sober driver and give that person your keys.
■ If you’re impaired, use a taxi or call a sober friend or family member to get home safely.
■ If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement. In Lee County, dial 9-1-1.
And, as a reminder to trick-or-treating pedestrians:
■ Costumes should fit properly and not limit field of vision.
■ Travel in groups along well-lit areas.
■ Wear reflective clothing or carry something luminous.
More safety rules are available on the Sheriff’s Office website, www.sheriffleefl.org.
Have a happy and safe Halloween!