Like many of you, my children will be participating in Halloween activities including trick-or-treating. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 9 million California children under the age of 18 will participate in Halloween activities. While many malls, community groups and large entertainment venues offer special parties, a vast majority of families still celebrate Halloween with their neighbors. I want to make sure you have all the necessary information to ensure your children stay safe.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has put together a few safety tips on how you can protect children who plan to go trick-or-treating this Halloween:
Treats: Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.
Flame Resistant Costumes: When purchasing a costume, masks, beards and wigs, look for the label "Flame Resistant". Although this label does not mean these items won't catch fire, it does indicate that the items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly once removed from the ignition source.
Costume Designs: Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.
Pedestrian Safety: Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child. All children should WALK, not run from house to house and use the sidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street.
Choosing Safe Houses: Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.
I hope you find this information helpful. Please feel free to contact me or my staff on this or any other matter at any time. I look forward to working with you.
Senator, 32nd District
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