2006-10-20 / Community

100 Precinct Police Tips For A Safe Halloween

Anti-Crime Officer Says, 'Be Careful Out There'

The NYPD wants to remind residents that Halloween is one of the most enjoyable days of the year for children, but parents should be aware of the potential risks that can affect children who are not supervised properly.

Trick-or-treaters should always have adult supervision, even if they are traveling in a group of friends.

Crime Prevention Office Brian McCabe of the 100th Precinct offers the following recommendations for parents and guardians:

+ An adult should always examine Halloween treats before

children eat them. Never eat open or unwrapped Halloween foods.

+ Costumes should be flame-retardant and should allow children to walk freely without tripping. Children's ability to see, hear and move should not be impaired by unwieldy masks.

+ Make certain that any face paint or make-up used on skin or costumes is non-toxic.

+ Children should carry a flashlight and wear reflective or bright colored clothing at night.

+ Extra care should be taken on streets and at crossings, especially at dusk and after dark.

+ Emergency identification information should be placed discreetly inside clothing of small children, in case of accidental separation.

+ Avoid having children wear their names outwardly on clothing or jewelry which may allow a stranger to call them by name and appear to know them.

+ As always, children should be cautioned to avoid strangers, as well as poorly-lit areas and homes of people they do not know.

Halloween treats should only be consumed if they are packaged appropriately.

Parents can help protect their children by making sure that treats are wrapped in their original, unbroken packages- no loose candy, open glasses or bottles, fresh fruit, or homemade goods.

If after eating a Halloween treat there is evidence that it may have been tampered with, it has a strange taste, or if a child feels sick, parents or guardians can call the NYC Health Department's Poison Control Center at (212) 764-7667, (212) 836-3667 (for Spanish language speakers), or (212) 689-9014 for TDD users.

The national toll-free number, 1-800-222-1222 connects to the nearest poison control center.

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