The Department of Probation and Child Protection Services has issued some safety tips in reference to children and young persons amid St. Kitts and Nevis Carnival 52.
The safety tips are:
- Children are not allowed on the streets past 10 PM nightly without proper adult supervision.
- Vendors are prohibited by law to sell alcoholic beverages to any person under the age of 18 years of age.
- Parents must be mindful of their children’s attire to ensure that it is age appropriate.
- Parents are encouraged to educate their children about speaking to strangers and taking anything to eat or drink from them.
- Children are inquisitive, so hold their hands, particularly in crowds and ensure they are always within your sight.
- Take your teenagers with you when you are going out, don’t leave them with their friends.
- If partaking in any carnival activity where loud music is played, please do not have children too close to the speakers as this can cause ear damage.
Other safety tips for Christmas :
- Check to make sure your smoke alarms are working
- Do not overload electrical outlets
- Use battery–operated candles
- Check decorations for certification label
- Keep combustible at least 3 feet away from heat sources
- Never leave a source of fire or heat unattended.
- Never use charcoal gasoline–fueled devices indoor
- Water tree daily
- Turn off, unplug and extinguish all decorations when leaving the house or going to sleep
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
- Close your doors when sleeping.
- Drink responsibly, and do not drink and drive.
- Keep cords and lights away from tree’s water supply
- Position bulbs so that they are not in direct contact with needles or ornaments
- Make sure candles are lit in a stable holder and place where they cannot be knocked down easily.
- Check weather conditions and plan accordingly
- Park and walk in well-lit areas
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or baggage at one time.
- Instruct children not to allow strangers into the house
- Call police hotline numbers if you suspect a break-in.