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Oct 28

Police share Halloween safety tips

Posted on October 28, 2019 at 3:41 pm by Clay Curtin

The Police Department reminds residents to follow these tips for a safe Halloween:

Prepare before Halloween 
  • Plan a Halloween party instead of trick-or-treating or attend a community event 
  • Choose comfortable costumes and shoes that do not restrict movement
  • Avoid dark-colored costumes
  • Use makeup rather than a mask
  • Make sure costumes are fireproof or treated with fire retardant
  • Use reflective fabric or tape to improve visibility

On Halloween day 
  • Turn on exterior lights and remove objects that could cause tripping
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone – stay with an adult and in groups
  • Remind children to steer clear of strangers
  • Start early in the evening and stay in your own neighborhood
  • Carry a flashlight or a light stick and a cellphone
  • Stay in well-lit areas
  • Walk on sidewalks and cross at corners or lights; do not cross midblock
  • Avoid dark areas and houses
  • Never enter a home without parental permission, even if in a group
  • Inspect Halloween treats before letting children eat them
  • Eat only treats that are sealed and/or in original packaging

Report suspicious activity to Police at 650-330-6300, and for emergencies, call 9-1-1.