On October 31, children from San Rafael will venture out into a cool fall night to trick-or-treat. To make it a safe afternoon and evening, the City of San Rafael Fire Department offers the following safety tips:
- Visit one of your seven neighborhood fire stations to trick or treat with San Rafael Firefighters.
- Plan and wear costumes that are bright, reflective and fire resistant.
- Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
- A mask can limit or block eyesight. Consider non-toxic and hypoallergenic makeup or a decorative hat as a safe alternative.
- Provide flashlights with fresh batteries to all children and their escorts.
- Teach children their home phone number and to how call 911 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.
- Remind all drivers to remain cautious and drive slowly throughout the community.
- A parent or adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- Only trick-or-treat in well-known neighborhoods at homes that have a porch light on.
- Try not to cut across yards or use alleys.
- Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations, and always walk, never run across a street.
- Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
- While children can help with the fun of designing a jack o’ lantern, leave the carving to adults.
- Always keep jack o’ lanterns and hot electric lamps far away from drapes, decorations or areas where children and pets will be standing or walking.
Have a safe and fun Halloween!
Christopher R. Gray
San Rafael Fire Department