Halloween Safety Tips

By Rob Baquera, Public Information Officer Roseville Police Department

Kids love Halloween. Is there anything more fun for a child than to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume and stay up past their normal bedtime? Before your child goes out trick-or-treating, make sure to go over some safety tips with him or her. Here are a few to get you started:

– Teach your children about not getting into strangers’ cars or talking to strangers, no matter what the person says to them.

– If your child is old enough to go out on Halloween with friends, make sure he/she carries has a pre-programmed cell phone. Make sure that all important numbers are pre-loaded and ready to use.

– No matter the age, ensure your child knows their home address in case of an emergency.
Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep head up and walk, don’t run, across the street.

– If older children are going out without an adult, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when you want them home.

– Tell your child to only go to homes with an outside light on, and never enter a home or car for a treat.

– Remind your child to not assume the right of way when crossing the street. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops doesn’t mean others will.

– Tell your child not to eat any of their treats until you have checked them.

– Law enforcement should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Halloween is an exciting night for children. So, carve out some time before that evening to sit down and talk to your children about your rules and expectations. Then, remind them of these rules before they head out the door on Halloween. By taking a few precautions before your ghost or goblin goes out on Halloween, you can breathe a little easier knowing that your child will have a safe and fun-filled evening.

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