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.
• 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.