Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Safety Tips

This Sunday is Halloween and we wanted to share some Halloween Safety Tips from the Vancouver Police Department which are also available on the City of Vancouver's Facebook Fan Page.

The following was written by the Vancouver Police Department:
October is National Crime Prevention Month and the Vancouver Police Department reminds you to take time to brush up on some crime prevention tips by visiting our website at

To ensure that trick-or-treaters, you and your house stay safe, Remember:
  • Clear your yard and sidewalk of any obstacles or decorations that may be hard to see in the dark.
  • Keep your house well-lighted, both inside and out.
  • Ask your Neighborhood Watch or invite the Neighbors on Watch (NOW) group to patrol your neighborhood.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to 9-1-1.
Costume Tips:
  • Try makeup instead of masks.  It's more comfortable and doesn't obstruct vision the way masks can.
  • Check to ensure that costumes are flame-retardant so that kids are safe around jack-o-langerns, candles and other flames.
  • Keep costumes short to ensure that the only trip taken is the one around the neighborhood.
  • Look for brightly colored costumes, attach reflector strips to costumes and bags, and remind trick-or-treaters to carry glow sticks and flashlights.
  • If a costume involves any sort of fake weapon, make sure that it is made of a flexible material such as cardboard or foam and that it is obvious that it is not real.  No realistic looking weapons should ever be a part of a costume!
  • Kids of all ages should trick-or-treat in groups; kids walking around along are never as safe as those in groups, and especially not at night.  Younger kids should be accompanied by a parent or trusted adult.
  • Review the route for trick-or-treating beforehand and set a time when kids should be home.  Also, have a plan if your child gets separated from his or her friends or from you. 
  • Remind your children never to enter strange houses or cars.
After a successful and safe night around the neighborhood, remember that the treats still need scrutiny before anyone eats them.

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