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Halloween Safety Quick Tips From PGPD District VI COPS Officers

Halloween Safety Quick Tips
From Your Prince George's County Police District VI COPS Officers 

•             Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping.
•             Use reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
•             An adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
•             Always go in groups, never alone.
•             Use flashlights with fresh batteries and/or glow sticks for all children and their escorts.
•             Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
•             Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
•             Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
•             Never cut across yards or use alleys.
•             Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks.  Never cross between parked cars or driveways. And never assume that vehicles see you and will stop.
•             Walk from house to house and never run.
•             Limit trick-or-treating to your neighborhood and the homes of people you and your children know.
•             When your kids get home, check all treats to make sure they're sealed. Throw out candy with torn packages or holes in the packages, spoiled items, and any homemade treats that haven't been made by someone you know.
•             Don't allow young children to have hard candy or gum that could cause choking.

Please share within your communities.

Hope you  have a safe and happy Halloween,