10/29/10 Tips for a Safe Halloween


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October 29, 2010  


Tips for a Safe Halloween  








  • Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Know which route your kids will take, have a pre-determined return time, and have them carry a phone.
  • Kids should have all treats looked at in good lighting at home before they consume candy.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • If going to a crowded event, write your child’s name, your cell phone number/name, & address on their arm with safe ink.  Tell them to go to a police/fire/EMT if they get lost.
  • Children should be told to only go to well lit homes, preferable in a neighborhood they know.
  • Don’t go into any stranger’s house or enter fenced areas where they might run into a dog.
  • Walk, not run from house to house.
  • Always use sidewalk and look out for cars.





  • Make sure the costumes fit your kids so they don’t trip and can see out clearly.
  • Use reflective material and if the custom is dark, most bike shops carry reflective bands.
  • When buying Halloween make-up. Make sure its non-toxic and will not have a bad reaction (Laboratory tested/safe color additives help control quality).
  • Fake firearms, knifes, other weapons are not a good idea as accessories for your costume. It is very hard for officers to tell what is real and not real.




  • Drive slowly and look out for extra pedestrian traffic.
  • Don’t drink and drive.  Get a cab app. for your phone or have a designated driver.
  • Driveways are extra dangerous, back-out/enter with extra caution.
  • Even better, bike to where you have to go, because most likely the parking in most retail/business districts will be scarce.



  • Know your environment and keep your head up.
  • Put that phone away! Yes, surfing the web is fun, but it also makes you a target. Iphones/Smartphones are the #1 stolen item in San Francisco!
  • If you are confronted, don't resist. Try to remember face hair, clothing, weapon, and direction they ran or vehicle they used
  • When calling 911 try to be calm and give as much information the dispatcher needs to get police to your area. Remember dispatchers have to enter information on the screen in a certain sequence so units can get to the area quickly, try not to get frustrated.