Baltimore - Baltimore City officials are trying to bring down the number of kids who are injured each year while trick-or-treating, according to a release.
Beginning on Oct. 25 through Halloween, Baltimore City residents may pick up a free trick-or-treat safety bag, learn Halloween safety tips and participate in various activities at their local recreation center.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, director of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) Ernest Burkeen and Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts launched the safety campaign to promote a safe and happy Halloween for Baltimore’s youth.
“Before you start your festivities, it’s important to take a moment to consider and discuss basic Halloween safety precautions,” Rawlings-Blake said.
More than 3,500 Halloween-related injuries were reported between October and November last year.
Children are four times more likely to be struck by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The community will see an increased police presence throughout the city to ensure the public safety of our citizens on Halloween,” Batts said.
The safety campaign recommends the following tips from the CDC to ensure fun and safe trick-or-treating:
· Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets
· Always walk, don't run from house to house
· Only walk on sidewalks, or on the far edge of the road, facing traffic
· If you must cross the street, remember to look both ways and use established crosswalks wherever possible
· Choose bright costumes
· Children should carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible
· For added visibility, add reflective tape to costumes and candy bags
· Only eat factory-wrapped treats
· Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers
"We will be providing treats and hosting a variety of creepy costume parties, ghostly tours, and haunted houses,” said Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Director Burkeen.
Most of the events are free and open to the public.
For more information about Halloween safety or BCRP's spooky and fun Halloween events, call 410-396-7900 or visit their website .
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