Tips to stay safe this Halloween

Tomorrow is Halloween and families will be out trick-or-treating. Here’s some tips to stay safe from Safe Kids Worldwide and the Sacramento Police Department.

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For Trick-or-Treating

  • Children under the age of 12 should be with an adult.
  • Stay in your own or a familiar neighborhood
  • Bring a flashlight or glow stick.
  • Stop only at familiar houses and those with lights on.
  • Carry only flexible props.
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
  • Make sure costumes are the right size to prevent trips and falls.
  • Choose face paint and makeup over masks, which can obstruct vision.

For Parents

  • Feed your children before heading out.
  • Accompany your children, especially if they are under the age of 12.
  • Inspect your child’s candy.
  • Plan your route ahead of time.
  • Take a cell phone or walkie-talkies.
  • Avoid shortcuts through alleys and stay in well lit areas.
  • Have your child wear a bracelet so you can identify them.

For Drivers

  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
  • Drive slowly and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs.
  • Watch for children darting between cars.
  • Use caution when backing and entering into driveways.
  • Eliminate distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

For Homeowners

  • Keep pets away from children.
  • Use a glow stick instead of candles on your front porch.
  • Remove obstacles leading to your front door.
  • Call police if you observe an suspicious activity.

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