Halloween Safety Tips

| October 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

Annapolis Police Department Provides TipsScary Halloween Pumpkin Boo!

Both the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Police Departments are reminding the ghouls and goblins that are planning on scoring some candy from generous neighbors, to heed these common sense tips which can always be repeated. In addition, motorists are reminded to be extra vigilant on the roads since it will be dusk or dark during prime trick or treating hours.

  • Carefully plan children’s Halloween activities and make sure that they practice everyday safety procedures like watching both ways before crossing streets and crossing only when the traffic lights allow. Walk on sidewalks whenever possible. If no sidewalk is available, walk to the side of the road facing traffic.
  • Costumes should always be made of fire resistant materials and allow for good, unobstructed vision – try using face make-up instead of a mask – this is especially important when crossing streets. Make sure the costume fits well and any costume props should be flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on.
  • The use of any toy or simulated gun as a prop is not recommended.
  • Make sure children carry a flashlight, glow stick or that they have reflective materials on costumes to make them more visible at night.
  • Parents should plan a safe trick-or-treat route that includes stopping only at familiar houses in their own neighborhood. Visit homes with porch lights on which welcome trick- or-treaters. Tell children to never go to the home of a stranger or get into their car.
  • Younger children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween and parents should make sure that older children are responsible enough to go out on their own.
  • Be sure to instruct older children to trick-or-treat in a group with other older children, and to stay only in populated places and well-lighted areas. Tell them to trick-or-treat with friends. It is more fun and it is much safer!
  • Parents should know the routes older children will be taking, set a time for their return home and make sure the children understand the importance of being home on time.
  • Adults should keep well informed about other activities their children may be attending or participating in such as parties, school or other functions.
  • Be sure to instruct children not to eat any treats until they are brought home to be inspected by an adult. If any treats look suspicious, call the police.
  • Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism.

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