Bakersfield Police shares safe Halloween tips

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While trick-or-treating can be fun and enjoyable for children, it also represents certain hazards and risks. The Bakersfield Police Department’s Community Relations Unit recommends the following tips to make your Halloween a safe one.

* Eye holes in children’s costumes should be large enough for good peripheral vision.

* Add reflective tape or striping to costumes and/or trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.

* Realistic replica firearms should never be used.

* All children and their escorts should have flashlights with fresh batteries.

* Place name, emergency identification and address on the costume and/or on a bracelet. Tips for Trick-or-Treating

* A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children when they are trick-or-treating.

* Children should trick-or-treat in a group, preferably with a responsible adult.

* Advise children they should never enter a stranger’s home.

* Children trick-or-treating should obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.

* Children should only trick-or-treat in well-known neighborhoods at homes that have a porch light on.

* Children trick-or-treating should have specific time limits.

* Instruct children not to eat any treats or candy until it has been brought home and inspected.

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