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City of Rosemead
Monday October 29th, 2018 :: 07:37 p.m. PDT



The Rosemead Public Safety Department would like to share some safety tips to keep children safe on Halloween.

• Stay alert for increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Halloween night.
• Be patient and SLOW DOWN! Give children lots of time to cross the street. Their costumes may impair their ability to see and hear and young children may lack the physical ability to cross a street quickly. Children do not effectively evaluate potential traffic threats, cannot anticipate driver behavior, and they process sensory information slower than adults.
• Excited kids may forget to “stop, look and listen” before crossing the street. Children could quickly dart in front of your car.
• Be extra cautious in areas where vehicles are parked along the side of the street. Trick-or-treaters may dart into traffic from between parked cars.
• Watch for children walking in the street, on medians or curbs, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood.
• Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.

• Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights or “glow sticks.”
• Dress in light-colored costumes and/or add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags to make them clearly visible to motorists.
• Costumes should be no longer than ankle-length to prevent tripping, entanglement, or contact with a flame.
• Use face paints or make-up rather than masks. Masks can impair vision.
• Children should wear comfortable, well-fitting, sturdy shoes.
• Wear flame-resistant costumes. Avoid paper costumes.
• Small children should be accompanied by adults.
• Older children should stay in groups.
• Avoid capes that could pose strangulation risks. Capes can get caught on structures or protrusions your child may encounter.
• Make sure props such as swords, pitchforks, spears, wands or knives are flexible (not rigid) with smooth or rounded tips to prevent eye or other injuries.
• If driving children to trick-or-treat, make sure they exit the vehicle on the curb side, not the traffic side.

• Trick-or-treaters should only visit houses with porch lights turned on.
• Never enter a stranger’s house or vehicle. Stress “vehicle” because some children might think it is okay to approach a van or bus.
• Stay on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
• Never cut across yards or use alleys. By crossing a yard, you might be tripped by clotheslines or lawn furniture.
• Don’t run! Always walk when crossing streets or going from house to house.
• Cross streets only at corners and crosswalks. Never cross the street from between parked cars.
• Remove masks or any items that restrict eyesight before crossing streets.
• Don’t take shortcuts through back alleys or parking lots.
• Cover one side of the street at a time.
• Look “left, right, and left again” for cars before stepping off the curb to cross a street.
• Stay away from open flames or burning candles.
• Don’t play near jack-o-lanterns, the candle inside could start a fire.
• Stay with the adult who is leading the group.
• Try on your costume before Halloween night to make sure it fits properly.
• Stay away from animals you do not know.
• Have an adult check all candy before consuming.

• Turn on your porch light. Provide ample outdoor lighting.
• Eliminate tripping hazards on your porch, yard and walkway.
• Remove wet leaves from steps and sidewalk.
• Use battery-powered jack-o-lantern illumination. If candles are used, place pumpkin away from an area where children will be walking or standing to prevent accidental fires.
• Avoid lighting sidewalks and driveways with luminaries (small candles inside decorative paper bags). Injuries might result when children are tempted to take a closer look.
• Pets can be frightened by Halloween activities. Restrain or bring them indoors to protect them from cars and trick-or-treaters.
By observing these safety tips and being extra caution, this Halloween can be safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Come enjoy the 5th annual Trunk or Treat and Haunted House hosted by the City of Rosemead at the Rosemead Community Center, 3936 Muscatel Avenue, on Wednesday, October 31st from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Kids can walk from car to car in the Civic Plaza parking lot to pick up “treats” and visit the Haunted Housed. There will be a costume contest, dog costume contest, an outdoor Movie, “Hotel Transylvania”, family style carnival games, arts and crafts and food truck. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at (626) 569-2160.

City of Rosemead
8838 Valley Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770

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Non-emergencies: 626-569-2168

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