St. Clair County Sheriff's Office St. Clair County Sheriff's Office St. Clair County Sheriff's Office
MobileFacebook
Home Press Releases Sex Offenders Court Case Update Most Wanted Contact Us
Services
Administration
Calendar of Events
Civil Process & Fees
Commissioned Personnel
Concealed Weapons Permits
Crime Tips & Prevention
Drug Task Force
Emergency Alert / Environment
History of the County
Kids Corner
Links & Resources
Public Information
School Resource Officer
Sheriff
Victim's Advocate
Crime Tip HOTline 417-646-5832 - Submit via Email
Phone:
(417) 646-2522
(24 hours)

Office: (417) 646-2565
Jail: (417) 646-7704
Fax: (417) 646-2852
Email Map
PO Box 546
360 Chestnut Street
Osceola, Missouri 64776
Administrative Office Hours:
M-F 8:00am - 4:00pm
 
     
 
10/27/2016

SAFETY TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN

           

County badge.jpg

          Halloween is approaching quickly and we expect groups of children out and about that evening.  Our primary concern on Halloween, and any other time, is the safety of children. With that in mind, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office would like to offer the following safety tips. It is a good idea to review these with your children before they begin their “trick-or-treat” adventure.

           

            Fake knives, swords, guns, and other costume accessories can potentially cause injury. Make sure they aren’t too long for the costume and review with your child that they are part of the costume and not a weapon. Make sure they are made out of cardboard or other flexible materials.

           

            Only purchase costumes and accessories that are marked flame-resistant.

           

            Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls. 

           

            Try using make up instead of a mask. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, which can be dangerous for when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.

           

            Costumes with light colors and/or reflective tape are best. Someone in the group should carry a flashlight. Consider putting reflective tape on their bags too. 

           

            Children should always trick-or-treat in groups, rather than alone, preferably with adult supervision and carry a cell phone for quick communication.

           

            Parents should select the safest route for children to take. Children should stay on sidewalks (where available) or on the shoulder of the roadway facing traffic. Children should avoid walking in the roadway, in alleys or poorly lit areas, and be cautious not to dart from behind shrubs or parked vehicles. Drivers should slow down and use extreme caution, especially in neighborhoods where children are sure to be located.

halloween-clip-art-trick1.gif

           

            Children should be instructed to stop only at familiar homes and where the outside lights are on. They should also be advised to NEVER go into a home or car to collect treats. They should not stop at houses that are dark or do not have the porch lights turned on.

 

            As an alternative of going door to door, parents should consider taking their children to community sponsored events such as those hosted by community centers, churches, schools, etc.

           

            Children should not eat any treats until they get home and the parent or adults can examine them. 

           

            Children (and adults) should only consume unopened candies and treats in original wrappers. Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded. Don’t forget to inspect fruit and homemade treats for anything that looks suspicious.

 

            The sheriff’s office also reminds those required to register as a sexual offender under Missouri Revised Statutes sections 589.400 to 589.425 of certain rules for Halloween.

            Avoid all Halloween-related contact with children.

           

            Remain inside his or her residence between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. unless required to be elsewhere for just cause, including but not limited to employment or medical emergencies.

           

            Post a sign at his or her residence stating, "No candy or treats at this residence"

           

            Leave all outside residential lighting off during the evening hours after 5 p.m.

           

            Deputies will be performing compliance checks throughout the night. There will be a “zero” tolerance for those found in violation.

           

            Any person required to register as a sexual offender under Missouri Revised Statutes sections 589.400 to 589.425 who violates theses provisions shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

 

         Those with questions may contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office at 417-646-2565.

 

“Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable evening with a little preparation, communication, and diligence,” said Sheriff Scott Keeler. “Of course, we will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us. “

 

Thank you for your cooperation,

 

Sheriff Scott A. Keeler

Media Kit
 
St. Clair County Sheriff's Office | © 2013 - 2017
St. Clair County, Missouri
Most Wanted Websites by Brooks Jeffrey Marketing, Inc.