Thursday, October 27, 2011

PGPD Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Prince George’s County, Maryland… In an effort to prepare for a safe Halloween, the Prince George’s County Police Department, along with support from the Maryland State Police College Park and Forestville Barracks, will be conducting high visibility patrols throughout the County to ensure children, parents, and motorists arrive safely to and from their destinations.

Halloween may be a fun holiday for children, but for parents the holiday can be a little tricky. To help parents and children have a safe and enjoyable Halloween, the Prince George’s County Police Department offers the following safety tips:

For Trick-or-Treaters and Parents:

• Wear a costume that makes it easy for you to walk in and to be seen in. An adult should always accompany smaller children.

• Carry a flashlight and make sure that some sort of reflective material is incorporated into the costume.

• Utilize sidewalks when available and try to stay in well-lit areas. Never dart out between parked cars. Always cross at corners and crosswalks.

• An outside light on front of a house is usually a sign that trick-or-treaters are welcome. Avoid going to houses that are not lit.

• Allow an adult to inspect all treats prior to eating them. Only give and accept wrapped candy. If it appears to be tampered with, be on the safe side and discard it.

For Traveling Motorists:

• Drive slowly! Be aware that young trick-or-treaters may dart out from between parked cars.

• Do not drive a vehicle while wearing a mask of any sort. Your visibility could be obscured.

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