2015 Halloween Safety Reminders

Halloween is on a Saturday this year which increases the possibility of more adult motorists and more trick-or-treaters participating in Halloween festivities and for a longer period of time at night.  Trick-or-treaters and drivers should be particularly careful while walking and driving during trick-or-treating hours.

The Montgomery County Police Department offers the following important safety reminders:

Homes

  • Welcome trick-or-treaters with porch and exterior lights on.
  • Make sure that your yard is clear of items that might trip children such as hoses and flower pots.
  • Keep pets indoors.

Motorists

  • Drive slowly, turn on headlights, and use extra caution through neighborhoods.
  • Reduce distractions in your vehicle so that you can concentrate on the road.
  • Drive sober.  Plan ahead – choose a sober driver or call SoberRide.

Trick-or-Treating

  • Trick-or-treat only in neighborhoods that are familiar to you and stop only at homes with outside lights on.
  • An adult or older sibling should always accompany younger children.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Older children should discuss their trick-or-treating route with their guardians and set a time to return home, trick-or-treat in a group, and carry a cell phone.
  • Trick-or-treaters should walk (not run), use sidewalks when available, cross the street at a corner or crosswalk, and watch for vehicles.
  • An adult should inspect treats before they are eaten.
  • Any suspicious activity should be reported to police.  The police non-emergency number is 301-279-8000.

Costumes

  • Wear brightly-colored costumes or reflective clothing.
  • Consider using face make-up instead of wearing a mask-masks can obstruct vision.
  • Keep costumes short to avoid falling and tripping.
  • Wear a flame-resistant costume.

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