Halloween Safety Reminder

UNDATED (KSLA)- Halloween for 2010 falls on a Sunday and officials in both Shreveport and Bossier City have decided that Halloween will be observed on Sunday, October 31st.

Officials advise that trick-or-treating will not be moved to Saturday. In advance of Halloween, the Louisiana State Police want to remind citizens of some vital Halloween Safety Tips to keep in mind.

The Department of Public Safety and Corrections is actively engaged in keeping children safe during Halloween.  Sex offenders are not allowed to participate in any Halloween activities.  All supervised sex offenders who are not working Halloween night must be at home with all outside lighting turned off.  They are not allowed to open their doors to trick-or-treaters.  

Prior to Halloween activities parents can visit www.lsp.org to search for registered sex offenders in their area.  If a sex offender is participating in Halloween activities parents/citizens are urged to contact their local law enforcement agency or us.

Additional safety guidelines are as follows:  
1.        Children should wear some type of reflective clothing.
2.        Flashlights or "glow sticks" should be utilized for safety.
3.        Only trick-or-treat with a group!  Never trick-or-treat by yourself!
4.        Parents should supervise all children.
5.        Parents should perform a visual check of all candy prior to allowing their children to consume it.

Louisiana State Police Troop E wants to remind all drivers the importance of safety on state roads as children are out trick-or-treating. Troopers say that they will be looking for motorists who are under the influence of alcohol or narcotics throughout the weekend. Troopers also want to remind citizens that if you are planning to drink, make sure you designate a driver.