Andersen units promote safety on Halloween
By Senior Airman Marianique Santos, 36th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 24, 2013
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam --
For pumpkins, treats and everything sweet, little princesses, superheroes, ghouls and goblins are prepping their Halloween costumes to haunt the streets and homes located here on Oct. 31.
Airmen from the 36th Security Forces Squadron and base Pumpkin Patrol volunteers will monitor base housing on Halloween from 6-8 p.m. Defenders and Pumpkin Patrollers are assigned designated zones in housing to make sure all areas are covered to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters.
The 36th Wing Safety Office suggests that participants travel in groups, stay in familiar neighborhoods and walk on the sidewalks instead of running. They also suggest carrying flashlights to avoid possible tripping hazards.
Drivers are also asked to be more alert and practice good situational awareness on Halloween.
"Not only should the trick-or-treaters and parents be on the look-out, but also the operators of the vehicles because they could get caught up in the moment as well," said Staff Sgt. Michael Evans, 36th Wing ground safety NCO in charge.
Wing safety advises against consumption of treats that have unfamiliar or opened packaging. Picking costumes that have bright colors and do not limit breathing, vision, hearing or movement is also encouraged.
As the night draws nearer and participants spend more and more time figuring out the perfect costume, Evans said remembering to comply with rules and following wing safety suggestions will help make this year's Halloween safe and fun for everyone.
"Though the excitement may divert children and adults' attention from exercising good judgment and noticing potential hazards, everyone should remember that safety is paramount even on Halloween," he said.
Call the law enforcement desk at 366-2910 or call 911 in case of an emergency or to report suspicious activity.