| |Halloween Safety Tips
Tips for a Safe Halloween
Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids, but a worrisome one for
parents. Concerns about children's safety--whether they are out in the
neighborhood or back home with bags of booty--can darken the day more quickly
than a black cat. But not to worry! To make Halloween a treat, follow these
- Welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and any
exterior lights on.
- Patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding
motorists, acts of malicious mischief and crimes against children.
- Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police
department immediately. In West Baton Rouge call 9-1-1.
- Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.
Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be on the
alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting
out into traffic.
Make sure your kids dress up safely
- Make sure costumes are flame retardant so children aren't in
danger near burning jack-o-lanterns.
- Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps
in the night.
- Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and
uncomfortable, and they can obstruct a child's vision, a dangerous thing
when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
- Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on
Make trick-or-treating trouble free
- Create a map of a safe trick-or treating route and set a time
limit for your children to "trick-or-treat".
- Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups so they aren't a
tempting target for real-life goblins. Parents should accompany young
- Make sure older kids trick-or-treat with friends. Together,
map out a safe route so you will know where they are going. Tell them to
stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
- Try to get your kids to trick-or-treat while it's still light
out. If it's dark, make sure someone has a flashlight and pick
- Do not go inside anyone’s home. Remain on the porch at all
- Do not accept rides from strangers.
- Remind kids to keep a safe distance from moving cars.
- Cross only at street corners, never between parked cars, and
never diagonally across an intersection.
- Look in all directions before crossing the street, and obey
all traffic signals. Walk, never run, across the street, and use
sidewalks, not the street, for walking.
- Do not take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.
- Do not eat any treats until parents have inspected them.
- Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.
Check all treats before eating
- It's hard for kids to hold back from eating their treats
until they get home. One way to keep trick-or-treaters from digging in
while they're still out is to feed them a meal or a snack beforehand.
- Check out all candy in a well-lighted place when your
trick-or-treater gets home.
- What to eat? Only unopened candies and other treats that are
in original wrappers. Don't forget to inspect fruit and homemade goodies
for anything suspicious. By all means remind kids not to eat everything at
once or they'll be feeling pretty ghoulish for while!
- Halloween can be a lot of fun for parents and kids alike--if
everybody remembers the tricks and treats of playing it safe.
A note to parents:
- Make sure your children’s costumes are not flammable.
- Do not permit your children to wear cumbersome, floor length
or vision-impairing costumes.
- Reflectorized stripes make your costume more visible.
- In lieu of masks, we recommend face make up.
- Wear comfortable, safe shoes.
9-1-1 if you suspect any tainted candy.
Hunter Safety Education
A required safety course for those born after 9/1/1969 and wanting to obtain a
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Sheriff’s Honorary Membership Program
As Sheriff of West Baton Rouge Parish, I would
like to encourage everyone to get involved in the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary
Membership Program, a crime
prevention program of vital importance to every citizen. My office is committed to making our
neighborhoods, schools and businesses a safer place for you to live and raise
your children and family. By getting
involved in the Sheriff’s Honorary Membership Program you can help reduce the
negative influences that crime has on our families and our children.
In the past year,
this office has made significant improvement in enforcement through
community-based programs, intensified patrols and impromptu visits by members
of my department in our schools. We have
worked tirelessly to raise the level of professionalism demonstrated by all
members of my department through training and education. It is our goal to
reduce the number of violent crimes, thefts and domestic violence through
community involvement and conscientious and aggressive enforcement of the laws
and ordinances and education.
As part of our crime
reduction program and in response to the ever increasing numbers of citizens
wanting to assist law enforcement, the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association is
sponsoring the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program. Individuals who choose to join the voluntary
program can do so for as little as $20.00, while a business can show its
support with a $35.00 contribution. The
funds collected will provide crucial technical resources, training, and
legislative support on key criminal justice issues. These funds are even more important in
today’s ever increasing climate of budget cuts in both state and federal funding.
If you are interested
in a membership you may contact the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program at 1175 Nicholson
Drive, Suite 101 Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
The phone number is 225-383-2871.