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For Release: October 29, 2012
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Californians Are Advised To Use Extra Caution On Halloween
Have fun but remember, ghosts and goblins can come with pitfalls and perils
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones reminds Californians to exercise caution on Halloween to prevent hazards on homeowner's or public property while trick-or-treating or while driving.
"With so many factors at play, everyone should be extra cautious on and around Halloween," said Commissioner Dave Jones. "People can lessen the risk of injury by using common sense and taking some practical steps."
For trick-or-treaters and home and automobile owners, taking the following preventive measures can reduce the chances of injury or having to file an insurance claim:
- Make sure your home is well-lit and the sidewalk, driveway and yard are free of obstacles so people can see where they're going. This can reduce chances of someone tripping or falling.
- Avoid lighting carved pumpkins with candles. Instead use battery powered light sources to eliminate fire hazards.
- Since children may trick-or-treat after dark, drivers need to use caution in residential areas, and watch for people darting from between parked cars and across the street.
- Avoid walking in the street. Use sidewalks where possible and exercise extra caution when crossing the street. Avoid shortcuts through alleys or yards.
- Keep pets safely restrained to avoid confrontation with "ghosts and goblins."
- Check treats your children bring home carefully for sharp objects or tampering before letting them open or eat them.
- Avoid injuries by making sure costumes are well-fitting and made of non-flammable material.
- Avoid use of knives or sharp swords as costume props.
To learn more about Homeowners and Auto Insurance, please visit our Web site www.insurance.ca.gov.
The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California, regulating the $123 billion insurance marketplace. In 2013 the California Department of Insurance received more than 170,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $63 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP or 213.897.8921. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.