Stay alert and keep our trick-or-treaters safe with these Halloween safety tips
Halloween is just days away, and the San Mateo Police Department (SMPD) is partnering with the community to encourage our trick-or-treaters to follow these Halloween safety tips. Let’s do all that we can to keep our neighborhoods safe! SMPD will have plenty of officers out that night, watching out for you and your family in your neighborhoods. Halloween safety is our #1 goal this Halloween. Here are a few tips to remember to keep all our trick-or-treaters safe.
- Be visible, stay visible. Use flashlights and reflective clothing, walk on the sidewalks rather than cutting through yards and cross streets only at intersections using caution.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up.
- Avoid running. Walk, and be aware of your surroundings
- Trick or Treat in groups and have an adult with you
- Keep identification on your person that is easy to read and keep a cell phone with yourself or your group for any emergencies
- Don’t approach unfamiliar pets or animals
- Have an adult inspect all candy before consumption. Beware of loose wrappers, unwrapped, or homemade candy.
Drivers should be especially cautious and aware on Halloween, especially during prime trick-or-treating time between 4 and 8 pm, and especially in our residential neighborhoods
If you must drive this Halloween, PLEASE SLOW DOWN and keep your full attention on the roadway ahead. Be alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic. You may see them, but they might not see you.
Halloween Block Parties
As a reminder, San Mateo’s police department is not able to provide dedicated traffic control to either permitted or non-permitted block parties in our community. However, by acquiring the necessary permit, SMPD is made aware of your block party, and we can incorporate directed passing checks of the area into our operations plan for Halloween night. For the future, block party permits can be acquired through Public Works as early as 90 days and as late as 45 days before the event.
Not sure what to do on Halloween? Check out our San Mateo City Insider blog for Halloween events taking place throughout our city.
Helpful Websites for a Safe and Fun Halloween Weekend
- Traffic updates: http://www.511.org
- National Weather Service: Bay Area Weather Updates: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/
- San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services – Storm and Flood Preparedness Information: http://www.smcready.org/
Do you part to keep San Mateo’s neighborhoods safe
San Mateo police count on community members to “extra eyes and ears.” Please report suspicious activity to SMPD right away via 911, or 650-522-7700. For information related to any ongoing SMPD investigation, call the Detective Bureau at 650-522-7650. You may also contact us anonymously by voicemail at 650-522-7676.
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