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!

Respectfully,

Christopher R. Gray

Fire Chief

San Rafael Fire Department