Halloween Safety Reminders

batsHere are some Halloween safety tips for kids and their parents from the Prince George’s Police Department:

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights (with fresh batteries) to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision.
  • Only visit well-lit houses. Do not enter homes of strangers.
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right, and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • Don’t eat any candy or treats until they have been inspected for tampering by an adult.
  • Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade.
  • Don’t approach unfamiliar pets or animals.

In case of an emergency, dial 911, or call 301-352-1200 for non emergencies.

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Changes to UMD Alerts

The University of Maryland recently notified subscribers to its UMD Alerts system that it will no longer send alerts to people who are not currently affiliated with the University of Maryland. The alerts will now go only to registered students, faculty, and staff.

If you want to stay current with what’s happening on campus, you can follow the University of Maryland Police Department on Twitter (@UMPD) or on their Facebook page (University of Maryland Department of Public Safety). Instructions for subscribing to UMPD News are available at http://www.umpdnews.umd.edu/node/55.

Snowstorm Information

Let’s hope we’ve seen the last of the snow for this season!! However, if we DO get more snow, here are a few things the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) would like you to know and do.

To assist snow removal crews, citizens and residents are requested to:

  • Move and keep vehicles off snow emergency routes
  • Park in driveways or other off-road locations wherever possible
  • Park only on the EVEN NUMBERED sides of roads and streets

Single-family homeowners, renters and business owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their homes or businesses.

During a snow and ice event, residents and citizens are encouraged to wait 12 hours after the precipitation has stopped to call the Snow Information Center at 301.350.0500 or CountyClick 3-1-1 to report emergencies or concerns about roadway conditions.

To learn more, visit DPW&T’s Snow and Ice Control page.