By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, California Highway Patrol, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, San Bernardino County Fire District, Mohave Valley Fire Department, Clark County Fire Department, Humane Society of The United States and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Information):
Colorado River Tri-State: As we all get ready to have lots of spooky fun for Halloween Night 2021, here are important safety tips and information for all the ghosts, goblins, monsters, witches, zombies and other characters.
*** Before Trick or Treating: ***
- If you’re participating in giving candies and goodies during trick-or-treat, make sure your pathway is cleaned up; put away tripping hazards, such as garden hoses, toys and bikes, and turn the lights on; replace burned-out bulbs to ensure visibility at the walkway and front door.
- If you’re not participating in giving candies and goodies during trick-or-treat, turn the lights off is recommended.
- Make sure costumes fit properly to prevent trips and falls.
- Decorate costumes as well as bags and buckets with reflective tape.
*** During Trick or Treating: ***
- Make sure to have flashlights and glow sticks to make it easier for drivers to see all the spooky people at night.
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Pay attention when crossing the street, not on your electronic devices; keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Always walk on sidewalks or walking paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
- Watch for vehicles when they’re turning at corners and when they’re entering or exiting driveways.
- Never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
- Never trick-or-treat alone. Travel in a group, or best of all, have a parent with you.
- When trick or treating, stick to familiar or well-lit routes. Avoid dark or poorly lit streets and alleyways.
- Never go into a house or even ring their door for treats unless your parents or guardians are with you and say that it’s okay.
- If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
- Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them, and never accept rides from anybody you don’t know.
- Teach children to say “NO!” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them.
- Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.
*** After Trick or Treating: ***
- Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them, and only eat wrapped treats.
- Disposed of all unwrapped treats.
*** Driving During Trick or Treating: ***
- Slow your vehicle down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Take extra time to look for kids dress in costumes at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Be cautious and careful turning at corners and entering or exiting driveways.
- Pay attention to your driving, not your electronic devices; so you can concentrate on the roadway and your surroundings.
- Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; please be especially alert for kids during those hours.
*** Halloween Pets: ***
- Before the trick-or-treating starts, put your pets in a quiet room where they will be safe from all the Halloween activity.
- If your pup is likely to try to run out the front door and is comfortable in a crate, consider putting them in the crate with a treat-filled toy and some soft music playing in the background.
- Minimize noise for your pet by sitting outside to keep trick-or-treaters from knocking on the door or ringing the bell.
- Even if you are just having friends over for a Halloween party, keep your pets away from the festivities in their safe room. Masks and costumes change how people look and smell to a pet, so even familiar people may become frightening.
- Make sure to put a sign on the door to the safe room so your guests know it’s off-limits.
- If your dog is uncomfortable around people and crowds, leave your dog at home when going out trick-or-treating, Dogs can be easily excited by the Halloween commotion, and a bite or a lost dog will quickly end the evening’s fun.
- Pre-Halloween and during trick-or-treating, keep candy safely stashed in a high cabinet secured with a lock or child-safety latch. Many foods, such as chocolate, gum and xylitol (a sweetener used in many foods) are hazardous to pets.
- Watch your kids! Children may make the harmful mistake of sharing their loot. Make sure they know the difference between a treat for them and a treat for their four-legged friends.
- Keep the 24-hour Animal Poison Control Center hotline for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals which is: 1 (888) 426-4435. (The hotline may charge a consultation fee.) If you suspect your pet has eaten something that’s bad for them, call your veterinarian or the Poison Control Center immediately.
- Pumpkin can be good for dogs and cats, but too much can cause digestive issues. Rotting pumpkin may harbor bad bacteria; keep jack o’lanterns safely away from becoming a holiday snack.
*** Halloween Drinking: ***
- If you’re planning to drink, be responsible when driving which means don’t cause trouble, fight or force anybody to make out.
- If you’re drinking at a local bar, restaurant or house party, make sure you have a designated sober driver with you, use a ride-hailing service, or stay the night.
- Never drive distracted or impaired. No amount of candy or tricks will get you out of a big ticket or a ride to jail.
- Local authorities will be patrolling the community making sure people are safe and motorists are driving safe and responsibly.
Please remember to have fun and enjoy spooking together as a community; be respectful around all the ghosts, goblins, monsters, witches and zombies and be responsible for your behaviors; especially any scares or trickery.
ZachNews and the community wishes everybody a fun, safe, responsible and spooky Halloween 2021.