Sheriff’s Office Announces Halloween Safety Tips

(Bel Air, MD – October 23, 2006) — The Harford County Sheriff's Office has issued several tips and advice for both parents and children as they prepare for trick-or-treating this Halloween. The Sheriff’s Office joins with Harford County Government in recommending that children trick-or-treat between the hours of 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. this Halloween.

Additional recommendations to help ensure a safe and fun evening for families are:

  • Parents should help children select costumes that are reflective and can be seen at night.
  • Masks should be cut wide enough to allow children to see safely.
  • Children should carry a flashlight to allow for better visibility for themselves and motorist.
  • Always cross the street at a marked intersection and only when safe to do so.
  • Only go to homes of neighbors or friends that the family knows or is familiar with. Avoid traveling to areas or communities that are unknown to the children.
  • Never allow children, especially young children, to carry or use an open flame device, such as a candle to provide for illumination. Accidental contact between a costume and an open flame could result in serious injury.
  • Parents should carefully examine all candy collected by their children during their trick-or-treating. Candy or food items which appear to be suspicious or questionable should be discarded.
  • Report any suspicious activity or contact with children to police as soon as possible.

Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office urges motorist to use extra caution, particularly in residential communities during the hours of trick-or-treating on Halloween. “The motoring public must be aware of pedestrians and obey the posted speed limit”, remarked Sgt. Joseph VanSeeters, supervisor of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit.

“Halloween is traditionally a time of fun for parents and their children,” stated Sheriff R. Thomas Golding, “The presence of Sheriff’s Deputies and local law enforcement officers on patrol hopefully will help prevent tragic accidents from happening to our children.” remarked the sheriff.