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Halloween Safety Checklist

Paper Lantern Jack-O-Lanterns

October 26, 2017

Halloween is on Tuesday, October 31st and the Sacramento Police Department would like to take a moment to discuss a few safety reminders so your ghosts and goblins can have a safe night of trick-or-treats!

Tips for Parents:

  • Consider attending a community or church event
  • If Trick-or-Treating, map out your route ahead of time and only visit well-lit houses.
  • Ensure your child’s costume is non-flammable and marked with reflective tape
  • Try not to use masks as it can obstruct your child’s view
  • Send children with flashlights and easy to carry Halloween candy bags
  • Accompany younger children – trick or treat in groups, never alone!
  • Take a cellular phone or two-way radio device with you
  • Avoid taking shortcuts through an alleyway, stay on the sidewalk
  • Check candy before children consume it – if the wrapper is open, throw it out

Tips for Children/Teenagers:

  • Carry a flashlight
  • NEVER enter the house of a stranger!
  • Stay on the sidewalks and use well-lit streets. Do not walk in the street!
  • Look both ways before crossing the street
  • Stay with your group or a buddy
  • Carry only faux or flexible knives, or swords or other props
  • Teens under 18-years-old without a parent present, have a 10:00 p.m. curfew
  • Examine candy before its eaten

Tips for Motorists:

  • Use extra caution when entering or exiting a driveway
  • Watch for children darting out from behind parked vehicles
  • Watch for children walking in the roadway
  • Drive slowly on residential streets
  • Don’t drive distracted & never drink and drive!

Tips for Homeowners:

  • Remove any obstacles from your front walkway for trick-or-treaters
  • If you plan to hand out candy, turn your porch light on
  • Keep pets away from children
  • Use battery-operated lights instead of candles on your front porch
  • Call 911 if you observe any suspicious activity