Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office offers safety tips for trick-or-treating on Halloween

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The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is urging parents to check their kids’ candy bags after trick-or-treating on Halloween to make sure everything is safe to eat.

“Make sure that they don’t appear (candy bags) to be tampered with or opened in any kind of way,” Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Squier said. “We would urge parents to consider only trick-or-treating with businesses or people they know, so their neighbors and their family and such, so we don’t have to deal with the stranger issue.”

Squier said they’d also like to urge the adults to use extreme caution when driving, not only on Halloween, but over the next few days.

“Because we know trick-or-treating will happen Thursday night, but it’s also expected to happen a lot over the weekend hours,” Squier said. “We urge drivers, and especially teen drivers who are very new to driving, to use extreme caution. A lot of the Halloween costumes are dark, they’re not reflective, and so these little children are out on the streets and can be almost invisible, and so we want to make sure we don’t have any of those type of accidents.”

Squier said if your child’s costume is dark, consider giving them light, including wearing glow bracelets and necklaces, which he said are inexpensive and easy to use. Flashlights are also a good source of light on Halloween.

Squier also urges parents to keep an eye on their kids so they aren’t just roaming freely.

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