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Halloween Safety Tips For Parents, Guardians & Kids

October 21, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
(703) 837-6111

Download these safety tips (English and Spanish versions) from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) website and share them in your community: http://ow.ly/pSM71


Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but sometimes hectic for parents and guardians. In addition to worrying about costumes and cavities, parents must be conscious of where there children are and who they are with.

Oregon State Police and NCMEC urges parents, guardians and children to remember that eventhough Halloween is a fun time, it is also one when we cannot forget about safety. This Halloween, take a moment to consider the following basic safety precautions to help make it a safe and fun night for our children.

Before Halloween

* Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.
* Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home telephone number, and address in case you get separated.
* Consider giving them a cellphone so they can reach you easily.
* Teach children how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
* Teach children to say "NO!" in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. Tell them to try everything they can to escape, including yelling, hitting, and kicking.

On Halloween

* Make sure older children take friends and stay together while trick-or-treating.
* Never send younger children out alone - they should be with a parent, guardian, or another trusted adult.
* Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats.
* Don't let children enter a home unless you are with them.
* Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.


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