We’re heading into the big fright weekend when ghosts, monsters, and other creatures of the night will be walking among us. Halloween is great fun for kids and adults, but you need to play safe.
The Burbank Police Department today issued some Halloween safety tips, which are from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- CARVING A PUMPKIN: Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting. Consider using a glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. Your carved pumpkin should be placed on a sturdy table, and should never be left unattended.
- COSTUMES: Check your child’s costume. Is it flame retardant? Is it too long that they may trip? Does their mask restrict their vision? Will they be warm enough? Can they been seen by drivers? Consider wearing reflective tape, and carrying a flashlight.
- WALKING: If your child is under twelve years of age, escort them. Encourage them to stay on the sidewalk. Cross all streets at intersections. Only go to houses that are well lit and appear to be participating in the festivities.
- DRIVING: If attending a party on Friday or Saturday night, please use a designated driver. On Sunday, avoid driving in residential neighborhoods from 6 PM to 9 PM. If you must, drive slowly and be alert for children darting out into traffic.
- VERY IMPORTANT: Do not let your child eat any treats that you have not inspected. If you are suspicious of any item, dispose of it.