Trick-or-treat safety tips for Halloween

FORT MYERS, Fla. Princesses and ghouls will be out in full force next week on Halloween.

While it’s all about having fun, it’s important to make sure kids are safe while trick-or-treating.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anita Iriarte offered the following safety tips:

  • If you’re going to be out when it’s really dark and it’s already past dusk, make sure you have reflective clothing, flashlights and stay on the side walk.
  • When you’re approaching homes, make sure the homes are lit. If the lights are off and it looks like no one is home, don’t even bother approaching.
  • Vehicles are definitely the biggest danger if you’re walking, if you’re walking in the roadway sometimes vehicles cant see you.
  • Choose wisely when knocking on doors, stick to houses that are decorated and have lights on.
  • Use glow sticks when walking around.
  • Don’t go inside anyone’s home for candy, even a haunted house.

Sex offenders on probation are not allowed to participate during events like Halloween, but it’s important to know where they are before heading out for the night.

“The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has a sex offender and predator database that you can search by neighborhood, you can search by name,” Iriarte said.

To search the sex offender database, click here. 

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