Children's safety tips


The Howard County Police Department offers these trick-or-treating safety tips for youngsters:

* Trick-or-treaters should wear fireproof, light-colored clothing, cut short to prevent tripping. Props, such as swords or guns, should be made of foam or cardboard.

* Children should be able to see through masks. Use decorative paint on faces instead. Reflector tape or patches can be added to costumes.

* Carry a flashlight.

* Trick-or-treat with a trusted adult. Walk, do not run when trick-or-treating.

* Recommended trick-or-treating hours are between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

* Children should stay within their neighborhoods and visit only homes with porch lights on.

* Parents should examine treats before allowing children to eat them. Throw away anything that is unwrapped. Check wrappers for signs of tampering. Wash fruit before eating.

* Parents should know the route their children are taking and warn children to stay away from strangers.

* Never enter a stranger's home, even if invited.

The police will offer extra patrols in residential neighborhoods over the weekend. Officers have been conducting classroom sessions in the county elementary schools on safety for Halloween.

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