Maj. Howard B. Bromberg
Fort Bliss Commanding General
For years, Halloween has been considered a time of fun for children and adults. While this is usually a time when people like to pretend to be someone or something they are not, I encourage you all to keep your wits about you. Fort Bliss is in the midst of much growth and a lot of change. There is construction on just about every other block of the installation and carelessness can cause a hazardous situation. Addition-ally, we have added more Soldiers, which means more spouses and more children – all the more reason to take extra precautions this year. Saturday is Halloween; as an installation, we have taken measures to ensure the safety of everyone during the Halloween activities. There will be safety patrols in each of the housing areas, should you need assistance. But, as individuals, you too must be responsible your safety and those around you. Drivers, please be extra careful and adhere to the speed limits especially in areas where there are big crowds. Pedestrians don’t take for granted you have the right of way – be careful and look before crossing. Encourage your teens and children without escorts to stay in lighted areas and if at all possible do not travel alone. And certainly not least, I caution you if you drink, do not drive.
As the commander of the Fort Bliss Army family, it is always my utmost concern to ensure the well-being of our Soldiers and family members. On post trick-or-treat is between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. I want you all to enjoy the festivities and enjoy your families, but don’t sacrifice your safety. Here are a few remind-ers from the Centers for Di-sease Control and Prevention for a safe and happy Hallo-ween:
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 irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
Lower you 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.