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Posted on: October 30, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Frederick Police Department safety reminder during Hurricane Sandy Aftermath and Halloween Safety

Residents are advised to use good judgement when traveling or considering trick or treating due to down powerlines, trees and other debris from the storm.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Frederick Police Department is reminding its residents and visitors to continue to be very cautious if it is necessary for them to drive a vehicle or walk and travel on and along the roadways during the storm and its aftermath. Due to the ongoing work of public works crews, electric companies, and public safety workers, in addition to tree damage and electrical lines still being down, it is best to stay off the roads as much as possible. For those persons who must travel, please remember that there are trees and limbs down throughout the City of Frederick and the surrounding area. Along with downed trees, there are also wires down which may pose a very real risk of serious injury or death if contacted. Motorists are urged to be cautious as they navigate about the City. It is also important to be aware that many such trees and wires have not been reported or due to the sheer volume of these incidents have not been responded to at the time of this release. Motorists are also reminded that many intersections throughout the City and County may be experiencing outages resulting in traffic signals not working. As of October 1, 2012, MD Motor Vehicle Law (21-209) requires drivers approaching nonfunctioning traffic control signals "must" stop and yield before entering the intersection.
In light of this historic storm, we recommend extreme caution during the next several days and evenings, particularly tomorrow night.
The Frederick Police Department wants all children to be safe this Halloween. Parents should ensure the streets and sidewalks are safe and clear of hazards and debris before making a decision to go trick or treating. In many neighborhoods there are trees, powerlines, debris and weakened trees that may still be a hazard. It is highly recommended children do not travel on their own and have adult supervison. If you chose to go trick or treating it is recommended you follow the basic Halloween safety tips, parents and guardians can make this Halloween a safe and fun time for their trick-or-treaters.
1. Parents should accompany children or groups of children around the neighborhood. If
you are letting your children go unaccompanied have them walk with friends in a group
and carry a cell phone. Plan your route and share it with your family.
2. Have your children use glow sticks and reflective tape. Children should also carry
3. Only visit homes that have the porch light on.
4. Do not allow children to eat or sample any candy while trick or treating. All candy should
be inspected by a parent/guardian.
5. Carefully examine any toys or novelty items received by trick-or-treaters less than three
years of age. Do not allow young children to have any items that are small enough to
present a choking hazard.
6. Costumes should fit well and not drag on the ground to guard against trips and falls.
Make sure children can see out of face masks or use face make-up instead of masks.
7. Keep candles away from landings or doorsteps. Costumes are extremely flammable.
Also, do not leave burning candles unattended.
8. Report any suspicious activity or criminal behavior to an adult or police.
Additional Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips:
- Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries after dark.
- Always trick or treat in groups, accompanied by an adult.
- Follow a curfew and take a watch with a backlight.
- Plan your route ahead of time.
- Stay on the sidewalks and out of the streets. Cross only at intersections and designated
- Walk. No running.
- Watch out for open flames in jack-o-Lanterns.
- Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods.
- Only visit well lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses.
- Don't enter any houses unless you know the people.
- Don't approach unfamiliar pets and animals.
- Don't cut across yards and stay out of back yards.
- Follow traffic signals and don't jaywalk.
- Always watch for cars backing up or turning.
- Never accept rides from strangers.
- Don't eat any candy until it's inspected by your parents or guardian.
- Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade.
- Report any suspicious or criminal activity to an adult or the police.
Halloween Costume Safety Tips:
- Wear flame retardant costumes.
- Try on costumes before Halloween to allow time for altering.
- Hem your costumes so you don't trip and fall.
- Apply reflective tape to your Halloween costumes.
- Avoid cumbersome masks. Use make-up instead.
- Wear comfortable, practical shoes.
- Double tie your shoelaces so you don't trip.
- Keep your costume and wig away from candles.
- Don't carry fake swords, guns, knives or similar accessories that look authentic. Make sure
they're flexible and cannot harm anyone.

LT Dennis K. Dudley

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