Halloween Safety Tips from the SF College Police Department

Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids and adults. Concerns about children’s safety, whether they are out in the neighborhood or back home with bags of candy can darken the day more quickly than a black cat. But not to worry! To make Halloween a treat, follow these safety tips.

Adults
* Welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and any exterior lights on.
* If possible, patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief and crimes against children.
* Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.
* Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department.

Trick or Treat Tips
*Make sure costumes are flame retardant so children are not in danger near burning jack-o-lanterns.
*Keep costumes short to prevent trips,falls, and other bumps in the night.
*Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks tend to be hot and uncomfortable and can obstruct a child’s vision.
*Make sure kids wear light colors or put some reflective tape on their costumes.
*Remind kids to keep safe distance from moving cars.
*Do not take shortcuts through backyards,alleys or parks.
*Do not eat any treats until parents have inspected them.
*Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.

Halloween can be a lot of fun if everyone remembers the tricks and treats of playing safe.