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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

October is here, and all anyone can think about is the holiday of Halloween at the end of the month. Kids love getting dressed in fun costumes and trick-or-treating for bags full of candy. Meanwhile, adults enjoy dressing up as well, but they have parties to get to instead of wandering door to door hunting for candy.

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Tips for Keeping Everyone Safe This Halloween
When it comes to trick-or-treating, a parent’s main priority should be keeping their child safe. This can be a bit tricky as the sun sets and things get dark. In order to ensure that everyone stays safe this Halloween, here are some safety tips to keep in mind while out trick-or-treating:

  • Always make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street in front of them.
  • Always walk in well-lit areas.
  • Don’t eat any candy until home and a parent has inspected it for any tampering.
  • Each child should be carrying a flashlight or glow stick.
  • Face paint is better than wearing masks since masks can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Make sure costumes are the appropriate size so they are not loose or baggy on the child, creating a tripping hazard.
  • Never cross the street between parked cars. Drivers are less likely to notice pedestrians between cars.
  • Never enter a stranger’s home or car.
  • Only cross streets at corners with traffic signals and/or crosswalks. Always check left and right before crossing.
  • Only walk on sidewalks or paths. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the street facing oncoming traffic.
  • Put electronic devices down when walking, and especially when crossing the street.
  • Put reflective tape and stickers on bags or costumes when possible to increase visibility.

Following these safety tips should help a parent keep their children safe this Halloween.

Tampering with Halloween Candy Is a Crime

Tampering with food products in a way that can harm someone is a crime here in California. Under California Penal Code (PC) 347, it is illegal for a person to tamper or poison food, medicine, and public water supplies.

This crime is a felony offense, and can earn a person a prison stay of one of the following:

  • 2 years.
  • 4 years.
  • 5 years.

If someone is killed suffers great bodily harm from the act, an additional 3 years in prison is added to the sentence.

Basically, no one should be tampering with Halloween candy.

Halloween Safety Tips for Adults

Not every adult has children who are trick-or-treating that they need to worry about. These adults tend to have parties to go to. While they may not be trick-or-treating themselves, they still need to be aware of trick-or-treaters while driving around. A few tips for adults this Halloween would be:

  • Be careful while exiting driveways and alleyways.
  • Be extra wary of kids crossing at intersections.
  • Drive slower in residential neighborhoods.
  • Popular times for trick-or-treating fall between 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, so be very cautious during those times.
  • Turn headlights on earlier in the evening to increase visibility.
  • Watch for kids while driving, especially kids in dark clothing.
Keep Halloween Safe and Fun

Halloween is supposed to be a fun holiday for children and adults alike. No one wants to ruin the evening with an accident of some kind. That is why everyone, including adults not out trick-or-treating, need to be more cautious this evening. By being more aware, they can avoid harming a trick-or-treater who was just looking to get an excellent score of candy to take home.

Do you have any safety tips for Halloween that might be missing from this list? If so, add them in the comments down below. What do you think of California’s laws about tampering with someone’s food, particularly candy given out at Halloween? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

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Viral Internet Challenge: Licking Ice Cream In Store

Viral Internet Challenge: Licking Ice Cream In Store

Viral Internet Challenge: Licking Ice Cream In Store

Now, a new challenge is starting to spread across the internet and some people think it is just a harmless prank. This is often due to the fact that they never have to see the repercussions of their actions. However, because these people were dumb enough to post the videos of themselves committing the “prank” online, they are often subjected to criminal charges.

Licking Ice Cream Can Get You Arrested

With summer here, everyone is looking for ways to cool off. For the most part, this means going someplace like a beach or pool. However, there are other ways to cool off. One favorite method is by having a frozen treat. Ice cream is a preferred favorite. Kids and adults alike get excited picking out their favorite tub of ice cream form the store. It’s cool, creamy, sweetness will provide an excellent escape from the heat of summer.

However, that tub of ice cream may not be all it’s cracked up to be thanks to a new internet trend.

A few weeks ago, a video was posted to social media showing a woman removing a tub of ice cream from a store shelf, opening it, licking the top of the ice cream, then closing the container and returning it to the shelf. While not inherently dangerous, this prank poses a threat to people’s health and is an easy way to spread germs. As such, this prank was taken very seriously by Blue Bell, the company that produces the ice cream seen in the video, and law enforcement agencies.

Despite the anonymity that the internet provides, a person is not safe simply due to the vastness of the World Wide Web. Law enforcement agencies and Blue Bell were able to track down the carton in the video, and the culprit behind the act. As it turns out the woman in the video is a minor, and the case has been handed over to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

Copycats Beware

As if one instance of the instigator of this trend wasn’t enough, consider what happened to a copycat in Louisiana. A 36 year old man copied the prank at another store local to him, and even took things further by sticking his fingers in the ice cream. He then posted the video to social media. However, things get interesting from there.

The store caught the man on security cameras and called the authorities. However, they failed to notice, and the posted video did show, that the man did end up taking the tub of ice cream out of the freezer again and buying it. Despite that fact, the man was arrested and transported to jail. He was charged with unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and criminal mischief.

This just goes to show that no one should be licking any ice cream that doesn’t already belong to them. Doing so could get you into serious legal trouble.

Don’t Lick Ice Cream Unless It Is Yours

Ice cream is a sweet treat that pretty much everyone enjoys. Don’t ruin it for others by licking it and putting it back on the shelf. Not only is that unsanitary and gross, but it is also illegal. Stores will alert authorities to the activity and they will track people down and arrest them. No one wants to go to jail because they licked ice cream.

Everyone has their own favorite sweet treat to cool off with in the summer, what is yours? Do you have a particular ice cream flavor that you just have to have, or do you prefer a nice popsicle? Share it in the comments down below and stay cool this summer.