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Posted on: October 24, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Halloween Safety Tips

The Frederick Police Department would like residents to have a safe and happy Halloween.
Here are some helpful Halloween Safety Tips to help make that possible.

Trick-or-Treating Tips
• Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries after dark.

• Always trick or treat in groups, accompanied by an adult.

• Follow a curfew and take a watch with a backlight.

• Plan your route ahead of time.

• Stay on the sidewalks and out of the streets. Cross only at intersections and
designated crosswalks.

• Watch out for open flames in jack-o-Lanterns.

• Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods and only visit well lit houses. Don't stop at dark
houses.

• Don't enter any houses unless you know the people.

• Don't approach unfamiliar pets and animals.

• Don't cut across yards and stay out of back yards.

• Follow traffic signals and don't jaywalk.

• Always watch for cars backing up or turning.

• Never accept rides from strangers.

• Don't eat any candy until it's inspected by your parents or guardian.

• Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is
homemade.

• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to an adult or the police.

Halloween Costume Safety Tips
• Wear flame retardant costumes.

• Try on costumes before Halloween to allow time for altering, hem your costumes so
you don't trip and fall.

• Apply reflective tape to your Halloween costumes.

• Avoid cumbersome masks. Use make-up instead.

• Wear comfortable, practical shoes.

• Double tie your shoelaces so you don't trip.

• Keep your costume and wig away from candles.

• Don't carry fake swords, guns, knives or similar accessories that look authentic. Make
sure they're flexible and cannot harm anyone.

As a general reminder: If You See Something, Say Something!


Author: Michele Bowman, Community Outreach Specialist
301-600-2091 or mbowman@frederickmdpolice.org

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