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Tips offered to help for a safe trick-or-treating

October 28, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

Halloween is just around the corner and for area children, it's the season for fun and frolic. But someone needs to have an eye toward safety.

Trick-or-Treating is expected to be in full swing Thursday throughout Washington County. Trick-or-treat is also scheduled for Thursday in many Tri-State-area communities.

Police and safety officials suggest:

- Residents who plan to welcome trick-or-treaters at their doors should keep exterior lights on for good visibility.

- Sidewalks should be cleared of obstacles that could cause a fall or obstruct the youngsters from view.

- Parents should consider using makeup rather than masks so children's vision won't be obstructed.

- Light-colored costumes or reflective tape make children more visible to drivers.

- Older children or adults should accompany younger children.

- All trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights to see better and to be seen.

- When children return home, an adult should check all candy. Children should be told not to eat any candy while they are trick-or-treating.

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Frederick City Police will have a police officer available from 6 to 10 p.m. on Halloween to answer questions and to retrieve any suspicious items, including candy. The number is 1-301-624-1201.

In Hagerstown, the same courtesy service will be available. Non-emergency calls for Halloween-related issues can be directed to the duty officer at 301-790-3700, Sgt. George Knight said.

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