Halloween Safety Tips from Danville Police

by | Oct 30, 2019 | Blogs, Home Security

Halloween should be a time of fun and excitement—but that doesn’t mean we can ever forget that safety is #1!

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Halloween Safety Tips for a Safe Night of Trick-or-Treating

  • Costumes should be the right size. Excess material around the legs or a costume that is too big could be a tripping hazard.
  • Avoid using masks and use face paint where possible, as masks can restrict a child’s visibility.
  • Make sure all costume pieces are made of fire-retardant material.
  • Use reflective tape or stickers on bags or costumes.
  • Carry a flashlight or glow stick for lighting.
  • Stay in a large group when traveling through the neighborhood. This helps increase visibility.
  • Remain in well-lit areas and always use sidewalks where possible.
  • Avoid cutting across yards or alleyways.
  • Only cross the street in designated crosswalks and in groups.
  • Do not assume right-of-way. Motorists may not see you, so be sure to make eye contact with a driver before crossing the street.

An adult should always accompany young children. If older children will be trick-or-treating alone, be sure to review the route with them beforehand and plan on scheduling check-in times. Be sure trick-or-treaters are only visiting homes where porch lights are on and never enter a home or a car for a treat.

Notify law enforcement immediately if you notice any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Tips for Handing Out Candy Safely

  • Make sure you check that your front yard and porch are well-lit. Replace any burnt-out bulbs and keep lights on to show that you are trick-or-treater friendly.
  • Buy individually wrapped candy. No one feels comfortable letting their kids eat free-floating jelly beans or candy corn.
  • Be sure to move or pick up any obstacles that may create a tripping hazard, such as hoses, bikes, or bulky decorations.
  • If you are out and about in your vehicle, SLOW DOWN and reduce speed and distractions.

As always, be safe everyone! Use these Halloween safety tips to have a fun, spooky night.

This is a reproduction of a Nixle post from the Danville, CA, Police Department.

For additional tips for providing a safe trick-or-treating experience, see Halloween Safety at Home.

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