Police chief: Stay safe on Halloween

Trumbull Police Chief Michael Lombardo
Trumbull Police Chief Michael Lombardo

With Halloween just around the corner I would like to share some safety tips with residents so that the evening is one filled with pleasant memories.

When going out at night bring a flashlight with you so that you can illuminate where curbs, walkways and other areas are located. If you are walking door to door please try and walk in groups, stay to the side of the roadway and wear some form of reflective clothing so that you are easily visible to motorists and others. A flashlight is also another way to be identified by motorists.

Trumbull has approximately 342 miles of roadways and on a night like Halloween children can become excited and walk into the road as they move from house to house. Please keep a watchful eye on any children under your supervision and remember that pedestrians need to always walk facing traffic. If you need to be in the road stay as close to the curb line as possible.

Costumes should not be bulky or loose fitting, avoid unsafe shoes, masks that reduce vision, and sharp objects. Glow sticks or some other form of illumination will also improve your visibility to motorists.

Treats should be in original sealed wrappers from the manufacturer. Children should not open candy until an adult has been able to inspect each piece for tampering. If you believe that a treat has been tampered with do not allow anyone to consume the item and contact the local police. The police department can contact the Food and Drug Administration to determine if the questionable treat is unsafe.

Being safe on Halloween also includes knowing your child’s route for the evening. Where will they be? Who is with them? What supervision will be present? What time will they be home and knowing what type of costume they will be wearing is all helpful information should you need to summon the police to assist in locating an overdue person.

Trick-or-treaters are not the only ones to be reminded of safety. Residents should keep their walkways clear and provide plenty of illumination. Not only will this help to reduce injury but it may also reduce the likelihood of vandalism to your property. Motorists need to use extra caution. Remember that children may be walking on the roadways and difficult to see at times.

I wish you and your families a happy and healthy Halloween.