Have a safe, fun Halloween
mindedWith Halloweento include safety tonight, in their parents preparationsand drivers for are a nightreof Most trick- areaor- treating.towns have set trick or treat hours from 6 to 8 Thep. m. Maryland State Highway Administration offers theseFor drivers:tips: limit.• Stop for pedestrians, stay alert and obey the speed hours.• Be particularly cautious during peak trick- or- treating
• Enter and exit driveways slowly, and turn at intersections with caution.
• Be alert for children darting across the street and crossing between parked cars. • When driving children to and from different activities,
make sure all seat belts are fastened and let children out of the car on the curbside. • Never drink and drive. Designate a sober driver.
For pedestrians: • Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street. • Cross at crosswalks or intersections. • Be sure to see and be seen. Avoid dark clothing, wear
bright colors and use reflective devices such as vests and blinking lights. • Avoid costumes that may impair vision. • Stay alert and be on the lookout for cars traveling
above the speed limit.
The state fire marshal’s office provides these Halloween fire safety tips: • Pick costumes that are bright and reflective. Make
sure costumes are short enough to prevent tripping and ensure masks don’t block vision.
• Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trickor- treat containers for greater visibility.
• Purchase only costumes, wigs and props labeled
flame- resistant or flame- retardant. When creating a costume, choose materials that will not easily ignite if they come in contact with heat or flame. • Provide children with flashlights to carr y for lighting
or as part of their costume. • Always super vise children as they go trick- or- treating. • Instruct children to stay away from open flames or
other heat sources. Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll in the event their clothing catches on fire. ( Stop immediately, drop to the ground, covering your face with your hands, roll over and over to extinguish the flames).
And the U. S. Food and Drug Administration offers these food safety tips for Halloween: • Children shouldn’t snack while they’re out trick- ortreating. Urge your children to wait until they get home and you have had a chance to inspect the contents of their “goody bags.” To help prevent children from snacking, give them a light meal or snack before they head out — don’t send them out on an empty stomach. • Tell children not to accept — and especially not to eat
— anything that isn’t commercially wrapped. • Parents of ver y young children should remove any
choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys. • Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
Parents, drivers and homeowners can help make this a safe Halloween for local trick- or- treaters by following these common- sense suggestions. Please be alert, drive safely and have fun trick- or- treating.