For Immediate Release:
October 24, 2006
Director of Public Information
Safely Trick-or-Treating in the Desert
Victorville, CA— Trick-or-treating is a time honored Halloween tradition, but many new residents may not realize that there are safety concerns in the High Desert there may not have been “down the hill.”
Some areas of Victorville are still rural, which means that houses may be set farther apart, there may be fewer street lights, and there may not be sidewalks. In these locations, it is especially important that children be accompanied by adults, wear bright or reflective clothing, and carry a flashlight, says Karen Hunt, Victorville Police Department Public Information Officer.
It is important to always follow the following guidelines:
- Always trick-or-treat with an adult, older siblings or a group of friends.
- Carry a flashlight, a glow in the dark stick or a brightly colored trick-or-treat bag.
- Remember street safety and walk on the sidewalk, don’t walk in the street, be careful when crossing the street and driveways.
- Don’t run.
- Don’t eat any candy until it has been checked by an adult.
- Don’t eat candy with loose or open wrappers.
- Wash and cut up all fruit before eating.
- Don’t go in anyone’s home.
There are many alternatives to trick-or-treating. Check the newspaper for businesses and churches that have special Halloween events.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Written by Jeff Lewis, Public Information Department