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    Camarillo Police Offer Halloween Safety Tips

    The Camarillo Police Department’s Traffic Bureau offers Halloween safety tips to ensure everyone has a ghoulishly fun time.

    Halloween is a time for fun with friends, family and neighbors with children trick-or-treating door-to-door. In order to assist the Camarillo community in enjoying this fun-filled holiday as safely as possible, the Camarillo Police Department has compiled the following Halloween safety tips:

    Motorists

     Please slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
     Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they’ll be harder to see at night.
     Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
     Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
     Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.
     Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.

    Parents

     Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children under age 12.
     Plan and discuss the route your trick-or-treaters will follow.
     Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes.
     Teach children to stop only at well-lit houses and to never to enter a stranger’s home or garage.
     Establish a time for children to return home.
     Tell children not to eat any treats until they get home.
     Review trick-or-treating safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
     Make sure Halloween costumes are flame-retardant and visible with retro-reflective material.

    Trick-or-Treaters
     Be bright at night – wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and treat buckets to improve visibility to motorists and others.
     Wear disguises that don’t obstruct vision, and avoid facemasks. Instead, use nontoxic face paint. Also, watch the length of billowy costumes to help avoid tripping.
     Ensure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.
     Carry a flashlight containing fresh batteries, and place it face down in the treat bucket to free up one hand. Never shine it into the eyes of oncoming drivers.

    Camaillo Police Department


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