Monday October 30, 2017 08:25 am - Posted By Houma Police Department
The Houma Police Department encourages safety and supervision during the annual Trick-or-Treat event, which will be Tuesday, 10/31/2017, between the hours of 6pm and 8pm. It is especially important for everyone participating to adhere to a few safety rules when they are trick-or-treating.
KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE
Always accompany your child(ren) during the route
Take a flashlight along the route to light up dark areas
Be sure costumes, shoes, and treat bags are safe
Remind kids not to enter strangers' homes or cars
Set rules about not eating treats until kids get home. Be sure to inspect all treats before allowing kids to eat them.
Candy that has been opened should be thrown away. Any homemade treats or fruit should be inspected closely.
Remember drivers have a hard time seeing people, especially at dusk.
Never cross the street from between parked cars.
Watch open flames from jack-o-lanterns as they can catch costumes and long wigs on fire.
Make sure that fake knives, swords, and guns are made from cardboard or other flexible materials to avoid accidental injury or worse, have them mistaken for the real thing!
MAKING YOUR HOME SAFE FOR TRICK OR TREATERS
It is also important to ensure that your home is safe and accessible to trick-or-treaters by following some very simple tips that can make the evening safe everyone:
Turn on your porch light.
Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch where kids get bunched up if they are trick-or-treating in groups.
Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.
Drive slowly all evening-you never know what creature may suddenly cross your path.
Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police
The Houma Police Department will have extra patrols during the Halloween activities to ensure the safety of participants. We also encourage the community to be aware that golf carts and 4 wheelers are NOT allowed on the roadways.
Anyone with information on criminal activity within any neighborhood is encouraged to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tips can also be submitted using the P3 Tips app on your mobile device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.
Chief Dana Tymone Coleman #173
Houma Police Department
500 Honduras Street
Houma, LA 70360
(985) 873-6371, Ext. 6319