Tips for Staying Safe on Halloween

Updated: 10/31/2012 8:38 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

Halloween is an evening for fun, but it can also be an opportunity for risk when it comes to trick-or-treating.

The Roseville Police Department is offering some tips to stay safe on Halloween:

•    Have a responsible adult accompany young children.
•    Use flashlights to help Trick-or-Treaters see better.
•    Wear bright and reflective costumes that fit well and are short enough to prevent tripping.
•    Instruct children to cross streets at crosswalks only.
•    Feed Trick-or-Treaters before they go out to prevent overeating while trick-or-treating.
•    Look over the candy and discard anything that may look suspicious.  

For older children:

•    Go trick-or-treating with a buddy – never alone.
•    Plan a route and let a responsible adult know where you are going. Stick to well-lit streets, and only visit homes that have an outside light on.
•    Identify a safe place, such as a trusted neighbor's home or open business, to go to in case of emergency.
•    Carry a cell phone, flashlight and whistle. Use them to alert others of an uncomfortable or unsafe situation.
•    Watch for vehicles backing out of driveways and look both ways before crossing a street or alleyway.
•    Do not walk across yards and be on the lookout for shrubs, rocks or decorations that could trip you.
•    Accept treats at the door; never go into a home.

Home Safety

•    Keep pathways clear of decorations or landscaping that could cause someone to trip.
•    Do not leave lit candles (even in a jack-o-lantern) unattended.
•    Keep your pets safe. If they are frightened by ringing doorbells or strangers coming to the door, keep them behind closed doors during the trick-or-treating hours.
•    Do not let your pets eat any candy. Chocolate can be deadly for pets, and they can choke on wrappers.
•    If driving, use extreme caution throughout the night. Slow down and help keep children safe.

Courtesy of the Roseville Police Department.