HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
With fall also comes the start of the holiday season. Halloween is a fun time of year, so let’s make sure it’s a safe holiday for all who participate. Make this Halloween season fun and enjoyable for your kids and neighbors by obtaining a safe costume for your child, ensuring your child is extra cautious while trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, providing a light for your child and reporting any suspicious activity or person to the police.
As always, SMPD will have special patrols out and about on Halloween dedicated to ensuring community safety on this family oriented, pedestrian-rich night. Please partner with us by following “If you see something, say something”:
San Mateo Police Department –
Emergencies / In-Progress Suspicious or Criminal Activity: Call us via 911
SMPD Dispatch (Program This Number Into Your Mobile Phone): 650-522-7700
San Mateo Parks & Rec – Halloween at King:
The City of San Mateo’s Parks and Recreation Department hosts a Safe Halloween Event at the King Center – 725 Monte Diablo Ave. – from 6pm to 8pm on Halloween Evening October 31st – to provide an alternative fun and safe Halloween environment – Open to all San Mateo Residents. Contact San mateo Dept. of Parks and Recreation for more information – (650) 522-7470
Halloween Costume Safety
• Wear flame retardant costumes.
• Make sure your Halloween costume is colorfast so the color doesn’t run onto your other clothes if it rains.
• Try on costumes before Halloween to allow time for altering.
• Hem your costumes so you don’t trip and fall.
• Apply reflective tape to your Halloween costumes.
• Avoid cumbersome masks. Use make-up instead.
• Use only hypoallergenic and non-toxic makeup.
• Wear comfortable, practical shoes.
• Double tie your shoelaces so you don’t trip.
• Keep your costume and wig away from candles.
• Don’t carry fake swords, guns, knives or similar accessories that look authentic. Make sure they’re flexible and cannot harm anyone.
• Plan your route ahead of time.
• Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods.
• Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries after dark.
• Take along a cell phone for emergencies.
• Wear identification that’s easy to read.
• Always trick or treat in groups, accompanied by an adult.
• Follow a curfew and take a watch easily seen in the dark.
• Stay on the sidewalks and out of the streets. Cross only at intersections and designated crosswalks.
• Walk. No running.
• Don’t trample through flower beds and gardens.
• Watch out for open flames in jack-o-Lanterns.
• Walk with your head up and be aware of your surroundings.
• Only visit well lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses.
• Don’t enter any houses unless you know the people.
• Carry a spare Halloween bag, in case yours breaks or you fill your original one.
• Don’t approach unfamiliar pets and animals.
• Don’t cut across yards and stay out of backyards.
• Follow traffic signals and don’t jaywalk.
• Always watch for cars backing up or turning.
• Review the “stop, drop and roll” procedure in case your costume catches on fire.
• Never accept rides from strangers.
• Respect other people and their property.
• Be polite and say “thank you.”
• Don’t eat any candy until it’s inspected for tampering under bright lights.
• Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade.
• Small children should not be allowed hard candy they may choke on.
• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to an adult or the police.
Halloween Driving Safety Tips – From Progressive.com
Be especially careful between 4 and 8 p.m., when most severe vehicle/young pedestrian collisions happen.
Drive slowly, and don’t pass stopped vehicles. The driver might be dropping off children.
Park your mobile phone. Avoid distractions by waiting until you’ve stopped to call, text, or surf.
Watch for children darting into the street. Kids can cross the street anywhere, and most accidents injuring young pedestrians happen at spots other than intersections.
Yield to young pedestrians. Children might not stop, either because they don’t see your vehicle approaching or don’t know how to safely cross the street.
Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals. And if you have to pull over to drop off or pick up your kids, turn on your hazard lights.
The Men and Women of the San Mateo Police Department wish you a Safe and Happy Halloween – Please be careful, and have a great time!