As local children swarm the streets tonight to beg for candy from their neighbors, authorities are offering some tips to keep everyone safe.
"Visibility, number one," Dave Webster, a public education specialist at the Cape Coral Fire Department, said Tuesday. "The kids have to be visible."
Children can use flashlights and glowsticks, and parents can incorporate reflective tape or items into a child's costume to increase visibility. Wearing a light-colored costume or clothing to start with also accomplishes this.
"Anything to make them seen is certainly a big advantage," he said.
Whether homemade or store bought, costumes should be made of non-flammable materials. Steer clear of billowing and long trailing fabric that can catch fire, and children should be able to see clearly out of their masks.
"If it impairs their vision, then they're not going to see the danger before it comes to them," Webster said.
Safety tips for motorists
- Exercise extra vigilance for
- If you are wearing a costume,
make sure it does not impede
your ability to operate your
vehicle in a safe manner.
- If you plan to consume alcohol,
be responsible. Do not drink and
- To report the location of an
impaired driver in Lee County,
Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office
Safety tips for trick-or-treaters
- Aim for visibility with a
light-colored costume or clothing,
or incorporate reflective items or
tape into a costume. Use
flashlights or glowsticks.
- Make sure costumes are made
of non-flammable materials, and
steer clear of billowing and long
- Children should see clearly out
of masks, or try makeup instead.
- Young children should be
chaperoned by an adult. Trick-or-
treat in groups and stick to
- Never go inside a stranger's
home, and avoid dark or poorly
- Check a child's planned route
against the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement's Sexual
Offender and Predator database.
- Stay on the sidewalk. If there are
no sidewalks available, walk
along the curb and face traffic,
so motorists can see you
- Parents should screen all candy
- Do not accept or eat anything not
- For young children, remove
choking hazards such as gum,
peanuts, hard candy and small
Source: Cape Coral Fire Department and Lee County Sheriff's Office
Makeup may be a better option than a mask.
Costumes should also fit correctly to prevent trips and falls.
"Obviously, younger children should be chaperoned by an adult," he said, adding that anyone who goes out tonight should be part of a group.
"Nobody should be trick or treating alone," Webster said.
Trick-or-treaters should stick to the neighborhoods they know.
"Don't go to people's homes if you don't know who they are," he said.
When out walking, stay on the sidewalk. If there are no sidewalks available, walk along the curb and face traffic, so motorists can see you coming.