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Dinolfo Announces Steps to Safeguard Children and Families on Halloween

Dinolfo Announces Steps to Safeguard Children and Families on Halloween

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo was joined by Director of Pediatric Trauma Dr. Derek Wakeman from the University of Rochester Kessler Trauma Center to share safety tips and best practices that can help keep children and families safe on Halloween. Dinolfo further announced that the Monroe County Office of Probation and Community Corrections will again be operating its annual Halloween Sex Offender Detail this year.

“As a mother and grandmother, I remember fondly so many great moments spent with family on Halloweens past,” said Dinolfo. “To ensure everyone has a chance to make the most of Halloween this year, we want families to know there are simple steps they can take to help their little superheroes, princesses and monsters stay safe tomorrow night.”

Dinolfo and O’Flynn offered the following general tips for parents and caregivers on Halloween night:

· Have your child carry a flashlight and wear well-fitting shoes
· Plan out a route in advance
· Younger children should trick-or-treat with a parent or chaperone
· Older children should trick-or-treat with friends or in groups
· Encourage your child to stay on sidewalks and out of the road
· Trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods or areas
· Only trick-or-treat at houses that are lit
· Keep track of time and do not trick-or-treat after 9 p.m.

“Halloween may be a fun time for kids, but it is a significant concern for parents", said O'Flynn. "We urge parents to accompany their young children and plan to go out before dark. We urge trick-or-treaters to travel in groups. Finally, I advise drivers to be extra vigilant when driving in residential neighborhoods as children will be dressed in dark clothing and dart across roadways. It's my hope that everyone will be cautious so as to ensure a safe and happy Halloween."

Monroe County is again partnering with the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) to issue guidelines and safety tips for families on Halloween. Each year, Halloween accidents occur that could be avoided. A complete list of tips from URMC’s Kessler Trauma Center is attached.

“Every Halloween season the Trauma Teams at the University of Rochester see many injuries from accidents, often involving children. Children are especially vulnerable in the dark, in costumes and near roadways. Children should be easily seen, stay on sidewalks and only cross at crosswalks.” said Dr. Derek Wakeman, Director of Pediatric Trauma at the Kessler Trauma Center.

Dinolfo additionally announced that the Monroe County Office of Probation and Community Corrections will again be operating its annual Halloween Sex Offender Detail tomorrow night.

“With the number of children expected to be out and about tomorrow night, Monroe County will take no chances with their safety,” said Dinolfo. “These registered offenders have violated the public trust before. Our dedicated Probation Officers will be out in force on Halloween to help keep them from doing so again.”

In preparation for Halloween, over 100 local Level 3, Level 2 and certain Level 1 registered Sex Offenders have been directed to not decorate their homes, to turn off their exterior lights and to not answer their doors for anyone other than a Probation Officer from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. tomorrow night. The Monroe County Office of Probation and Community Corrections will assign 24 Probation Officers to the detail, paired in 12 teams of two. During the course of the detail, Probation Officers will conduct patrols and make contact with the target offenders to verify full compliance.