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safe this Halloween with these safety tips from the Broward Sheriff’s Office. FOR DRIVERS: • Stay alert and don’t exceed the posted speed limit. Be especially cautious in residential neighborhoods. • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars. Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. • Remember that children may be dressed in dark clothing. FOR PARENTS: • Ensure an adult accompanies children as they trick-or-treat. • Plan and discuss the route children will take, and their return time, and make sure they stick to it. • Make younger children stay in familiar areas. • Have children carry flashlights or glosticks for easier visibility. • Ensure children stop only at houses that are well-lit, and teach them to NEVER enter the home of a stranger. • Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten. Don’t let children eat anything that is unwrapped or seems unusual. • Before eating any fruit, wash it and slice it into small pieces. • Pin a slip of paper to the costumes of younger children listing the child’s name, address and telephone number in the event the child gets separated from their group. • Turn on your home’s exterior lights and remove any objects from your walkway that may be a hazard to trick-or-treaters. • Place jack-o-lanterns out-of-reach

so children won’t burn themselves or their costumes. • If possible, send children trick-ortreating before dark. • Be aware of any suspicious activity; report any concerns to BSO or your local police agency. FOR KIDS: • Walk, don’t run from house to house. Use streets, sidewalks and driveways to enter and leave houses. • Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks. • Cross the streets at crosswalks or at corners, never in the middle of the street. • Only accept candy that is wrapped or packaged. • Wait until you get home to sort, check and eat your treats. • Never enter the home of a stranger. If a stranger insists you come inside, leave immediately and tell a parent, a police officer or other trusted adult. • Be smart. Don’t play pranks that can hurt other people or property. If you see someone doing something they shouldn’t, tell an adult immediately. COSTUME TIPS: • Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes. Use light-colored materials and strips of reflective tape to make children visible. • Avoid long costumes that may cause the child to trip (falls are the leading cause of injuries on Halloween). • Use facial makeup instead of masks that can hinder a child’s vision. • Avoid using simulated knives, guns, or swords. If these props are used, ensure they are soft and flexible to prevent injury.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently celebrated September as National Preparedness Month. Preparedness is an essential element of a resilient and secure City, and the City of Tamarac has made preparedness a top priority. We urge all residents and business owners to take the appropriate measures to better prepare themselves, their families and their businesses for emergencies. Disaster can strike anytime, anywhere. By taking a few simple steps now, we can all ensure that our community will be better prepared before the next emergency arises. We encourage you to prepare an emergency supply kit that will provide at least five days of survival necessities. It is also important to develop a family plan to address sheltering or evacuation of the area. Don’t be caught unprepared; plan now for a safer tomorrow. For more information on FEMA’s Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit their website at or call 1-800-BE-READY. For information about local preparedness and Tamarac’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training please contact our Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at (954) 597-3805.

DID YOU KNOW? During and after an emergency, such as a hurricane, the City of Tamarac will activate the following numbers: Hurricane Hotline................ (954) 597-3800 Recorded Updates.............. (954) 718-1800 Volunteer Desk..................... (954) 597-3620


Be Ready.

Tam-A-Gram | October-December 2010  
Tam-A-Gram | October-December 2010  

The October/November/December 2010 issue of the Tam-A-Gram, the quarterly magazine I wrote, designed, and edited for the City of Tamarac.