Halloween will soon be upon us this year and the Ocean City Police wants to remind citizens to have a great time, however remember to be safe.

The Ocean City Police Department recommends these simple tips for a safe Halloween:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
  • If you’re impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement.
  • And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the following:

Going trick-or-treating?

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Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

A

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

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Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

E

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

   
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Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.

A

Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

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Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

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Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

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Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

W

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

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Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

E

Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

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Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

 

 Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests?

  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.

Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone!

For more information on Halloween safety

 Halloween Food Safety

  • Party food safety advice from the manager of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry HotlinHalloween Food Safety Tips

  • Steps to help your children have a safe Halloween, and tips for Halloween parties, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

     

Halloween Safety Tips

Stay safe this Halloween with safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

For further information and additional Halloween Safety Tips contact the Ocean City Police Departments Public Affairs Officer at: 410-723-6665 or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions web-site at: http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at: http://www.ncmec.org/en_US/publications/NC89.pdf