LAPD’s Halloween Safety Tips Parents Need To Know

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Photo by Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images

Halloween night is fun for parents and kids to dress up as characters and go door to door to collect treats, but in order to make sure it’s a safe and happy Halloween this year, the Los Angeles Police Department has a few tips for parents to know about.

Before taking the kids out for trick-or-treating this year, check out the LAPD’s safety tips to make sure it’s all treats and no tricks on Halloween night.

Thanks to the LAPD for these safety tips to make it a fun, family-friendly Halloween this year!

What should parents look for in costumes for their children?

Costumes

• Purchase costume with a label clearly indicating it is flame resistant.
• Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
• Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
• Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet.

Masks
• Make sure that children can see and breathe properly and easily.

Props
• Avoid having children carry replica firearms, swords, or toys which can be mistaken for the real thing.
• Make sure costume props made of a flexible material.
• Do not point toy guns or weapons at people, especially at police officers!

How can a person protect themselves from a home invasion robbery?

• Pay attention to adults in costumes coming to your door.
• Don’t invite trick or treaters into your house.

If you are going to be out on the road driving, what should motorists and people keep in mind to be safe?

• The biggest cause of injury to kids on Halloween night is traffic accidents.
• Drive slowly and cautiously. Watch for children crossing the street.
• Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways.

What should parents keep in mind if they are going trick or treating?

• Teach children not to talk to strangers.
• Teach children never to approach a car offering candy.
• Teach children never to enter a house or a car.
• Teach children to scream and make a scene if anyone tries to grab them or force them, in any way, to go with them.

Trick or Treating

• No candy is to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
• A Parent or adult should always accompany young children to the door of every house they approach.
• Children should use a flashlight with fresh batteries so they can see and be seen by others.
• Children should carry a glow stick or wear reflective clothing.
• Keep away from open candles.
• Children should be warned to NEVER approach any house that is not well lit and does not have a porch or “outside” light on.
• Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street.

After Trick-Or-Treating

• A good meal before trick-or-treating will discourage children from eating too many Halloween treats
• Check to make sure that all candy is properly sealed.
• Talk to children about how their night went. Ask if anything happened that scared them or made them worry.

Silly String

Silly string is banned the 36-hour period from 12:00 a.m. on October 31st of each year, through 12:00 p.m. on November 1st of each year.

No person, as defined in Municipal Code Section 11.0(a), shall possess, use, sell or distribute Silly String at, within or upon any public or private property that is either within public view or accessible to the public, including, but not limited to, public or private streets, sidewalks, parking lots, commercial or residential buildings, places of business, or parks within Hollywood Division during Halloween.

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