Sheriff's Office Offers Halloween Safety Tips

- WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - It's Halloween, one of the scariest nights of year but also one of the most dangerous for pedestrian traffic. The Washington County Sheriff's Office is advising residents to keep safety in mind as they trick or treat Thursday night.

Officials say remember to look both ways before crossing streets and add reflective clothing to Halloween costumes.

"You have kids that are excited that just want to get out there and run and aren't necessarily following the safety rules that they need to follow when being along roadways, sticking to main roads, staying in lighted areas, avoiding alley ways," said Carly Hose, Deputy First Class for the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Parents should also thoroughly check their child's Halloween candy before eating it. And if anything's unwrapped and looks or smells funny, don't eat it. 

Deputies are patrolling the streets as well.

"We'll be out keeping an eye on things, making sure everyone is being safe and enjoying some of the Halloween costumes, it's always fun to see the kids get dressed up," said Hose. "So have safety with it along with just being there to be a presence."

And you find anything dangerous like a razer blade mixed in with your child's candy, deputies ask that you report it immediately.

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