Oregon State Police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children urges parents, guardians and children to remember that even though Halloween is a fun time, we cannot forget about safety. This Halloween take a moment to consider the following safety precautions to make it a safe and fun night for our children.
* 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.
* 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.