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Tips to stay safe on Halloween

September 23, 2016

For a safe and fun Halloween, follow these tips:

  • If you forgo door-to-door trick-or-treating, consider other alternatives such as planning a party or attending the City's Halloween festivities on Monday, October 31 at Cerritos Regional Park.
  • Pay attention to your children's costumes, which should be fire-retardant and non-restrictive to allow free movement and uninhibited vision. Ensure that masks do not hinder a child's breathing.
  • If a youngster is going to be outside, provide adequate warm clothing under the costume to protect against cold weather.
  • Always remain in familiar territory.
  • When going door-to-door, travel in groups with at least one responsible adult.
  • Use flashlights, "Glo-sticks" or lighted wands to help you see and be seen.
  • If a home does not have a porch light turned on, the residents are indicating that they do not want to be disturbed.
  • Use discretion in determining which homes children should approach.
  • Exercise caution and obey all pedestrian traffic laws. Cross at intersections and consider the existing street lighting. Keep your group together, and remember that children can get caught up in the excitement of the evening and may run ahead of the group.
  • Carefully inspect all items received before anything is eaten. Throw away treats that are not securely wrapped by the manufacturer.
  • Consider only eating candied apples or other homemade treats if you know the person who prepared them.
  • If you will be passing out candy, secure your pets, remove all obstructions from the path to your porch and avoid using any open flame near the door.


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