Have a plan and think about safety on parade routes, Sheriff James Pohlmann advises residents as they celebrate Mardi Gras

Posted: February 3rd, 2015 | Filed under: Awards & Honors, News Releases

Sheriff reminds residents to think about safety on parade routes

Sheriff reminds residents to think about safety on parade routes

Sheriff James Pohlmann reminds parish residents to have a plan and think about safety on parade routes as they celebrate Mardi Gras in St. Bernard and other parishes.

“Have a great time with your family or friends at whatever parades you may choose to attend or the celebration for Carnival Day held in various parishes,’’ Sheriff Pohlmann said. “But remember to think about your personal safety and the safety of your children and ways to avoid becoming a victim of crime while you are distracted by having fun.’’

Tips to keep children safe:

Watch children carefully and never leave them unattended, the sheriff said. It can be easy to get separated in a crowd.

Make sure a child knows their name, cell phone number for a parent or guardian, and their address. If they do not, write it down on a card or piece of paper, place it in their pocket and make sure they know to find a police officer and give them this information if they become separated from you. Show them a near-by officer on the street or introduce them to the officer so children know an authority figure to go to if necessary.

Also, choose a spot for everyone in a group to know they should go to if anyone becomes separated.

Do not let children climb on top, over or under barricades, Sheriff Pohlmann said. If children are using ladders to see parades, make sure the ladder won’t topple over or get pushed over by a crowd and throw a child or adult under a float or other vehicle. To help do that, it is safest to place a ladder as many feet away from the street curb as the ladder is high.

Personal Safety:

Avoid carrying or displaying large amounts of cash in a crowd; instead bring only some cash, a credit card and I.D. in a side pocket, with no wallet, and don’t wear expensive or “flashy” jewelry. Wallets in back pockets or jewelry make you the target of professional thieves and pick-pockets.

Never accept a drink from someone you do not know because it may have been spiked with something to drug you.

Be aware of your surroundings and have a plan in the event you are separated from others in your party/group. If you are visiting make sure you know the address and location of friends’ home.

Drink alcohol responsibly and always carry identification.