Halloween Safety Tips
Ghosts, goblins, fairy princesses: imaginations run wild as kids play on Halloween night. It’s an evening for fun, but it can also be an evening of risk if families don’t plan carefully to stay safe.
The Roseville Police offer tips for a safe Halloween adventure:
- Have a responsible adult accompany young children.
- Use flashlights to help Trick-or-Treaters see.
- Wear bright and reflective costumes that fit well and are short enough to prevent tripping.
- Instruct children to cross streets at crosswalks only.
- Feed Trick-or-Treaters before they go out to prevent overeating while trick-or-treating.
- Look over the candy and discard anything that may look suspicious.
Trick-or-Treating Without an Adult
As children get older, they often want to go trick-or-treating without an adult. Review the rules:
- Go trick-or-treating with a buddy - never alone.
- Plan a route and let a responsible adult know where you are going. Stick to well-lit streets, and only visit homes that have an outside light on.
- Identify a safe place, such as a trusted neighbor's home or open business, to go to in case of an emergency.
- Carry a cell phone, flashlight and whistle. Use them to alert others of an uncomfortable or unsafe situation.
- Watch for vehicles backing out of driveways and look both ways before crossing a street or alleyway.
- Do not walk across yards and be on the lookout for shrubs, rocks or decorations that could trip you.
- Accept treats at the door; never go into a home.
- Keep pathways clear of decorations or landscaping that could cause someone to trip.
- Do not leave lit candles (even in a jack-o-lantern) unattended.
- Keep your pets safe. If they are frightened by ringing doorbells or strangers coming to the door, keep them behind closed doors during the trick-or-treating hours.
- Do not let your pets eat any candy. Chocolate can be deadly for pets, and they can choke on wrappers.
- If driving, use extreme caution throughout the night. Slow down and help keep children safe.