Union Township police, fire departments to participate in Halloween celebrations

October 3rd, 2010    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

Halloween Trick or Treat in Union Township has been set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.

Treats will be available at the Union Township Police Department, 4312 Glen Este-Withamsville Road, and police officers will distribute treats while on patrol.

The Fire Department will have all their units at the following residential locations to watch over Trick-or-Treaters and give out candy: Station 48 will be at Witham Woods, with extra personnel at the Strathmore subdivision; Station 49 will have a unit at the Polo Fields, with extra firefighters at Beechwood Farms; Station 50 will be at McGuffey Estates, with an added presence at Willowbrook; Station 51 will be positioned at Wetherby Farms and have staff at Brandonmore; and Station 52′s unit will be at Sedona Ridge, with extra people at Shaylor Crossing.

Both the fire and police departments remind parents to follow these safety guidelines:

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

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

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

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

• Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.

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

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

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

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

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

• Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.

• Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Otherwise, stay outside.

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