Halloween is rapidly approaching, and there’s no doubt that excitement among kids all over the Santa Clarita Valley has reached a fever-pitch. With the prospect of staying out after dark, dressing up in scary/fun costumes and going from house-to-house to ask for free candy, who can blame them? For parents, though, Halloween night can sometimes be a nerve-racking experience for the very same reasons kids are excited. Here are a few Halloween Safety tips from the Los Angeles police for those who might like a little advice:
- For years, the LAPD has advised that children trick-or-treat during daylight hours, much to the dismay of kids everywhere. With a few extra precautions, though, there’s no reason you can’t let your kids trick-or-treat for a little while while it’s dark. Make sure they’re wearing costumes with bright colors that can easily be seen, if they’re not, then put reflective adhesive strips on them. Also, go with them and don’t let them get too far ahead or out into the streets. For drivers going through residential areas, drive slow and cautious; there’s no telling when a kid can, and likely will, dart out into the street.
- Bring flashlights. Most residential roads are lined with streetlights, but they are designed to illuminate the street, not the areas around people’s homes.
- Ensure that all costumes, especially wigs, are fireproof.
- Never, ever use realistic-looking or replica firearms with a Halloween costume. While a child may think it adds a good deal of authenticity to their costume, carrying around something that can easily be mistaken as a real gun can be incredibly dangerous.
- Know the route you’re taking, and stick to neighborhoods you know.
- Last but not least, this last tip is for adult celebrators. If you plan to drink, don’t drive. Not only will the streets be riddled with children wearing dark clothes, driving after consuming alcohol is always dangerous. The LAPD and LASD will be looking for anyone showing the signs of possible impairment, and will be quick to remove those drivers from the road and charge them with a DUI.
Following these tips will go a long way to ensuring that your Halloween celebration goes off without a hitch! From all of us at SCV Bail Bonds to you, have a safe and Happy Halloween!