Halloween Safety Tips from Montgomery Police

Halloween Safety Tips from Montgomery Police

Posted on October 30, 2017

The Montgomery Township Police wish to remind residents to enjoy the upcoming Halloween holiday in a way that is safe for everyone, especially children.  Here are some tips:

  • Avoid costumes that greatly reduce your vision as well as visibility or are too dark for motorists to see. Apply face paint instead of bulky masks. Attach reflective tape to costumes.
  • Use fire-resistant materials in costumes.
  • Carry a flashlight or glow stick, but not a lighted candle or lantern.
  • Plan the route you and your children will take well in advance. Tell someone else about those plans and what time you’ll return home.
  • Stick to well-lit areas.
  • Trick-or-treat in groups, accompanied by at least one adult.
  • Attach your cell phone number to your young children’s clothing in case they become separated from adults.
  • Teach children to exit and enter vehicles from curbside, away from traffic.
  • Stay on sidewalks as much as possible and cross at corners. Do not walk between parked cars. Always look both ways before crossing.
  • Children should not eat candy while out until an adult examines it. Give children a hearty dinner and some healthy Halloween snacks at home beforehand, to reduce temptation. Candy should not show signs of improper sealing, punctures or holes.
  • Do not allow children to visit homes with no outside lighting. If the porch light is not on, assume no one is home or the occupants do not wish to participate in the holiday.  Be courteous and considerate while visiting the property of others.
  • Residents should remove obstacles such as tools, ladders or toys from their sidewalks, porches and front yards.
  • Keep lighted jack-o-lanterns away from porches or other areas where they could ignite a low-hanging costume.

The above and many more helpful ideas may be found on a recommended Halloween safety tips website. There is a section for kids to read too:

 http://www.halloween-safety.com  

Here are further helpful Halloween safety tips from another online source, which we have reviewed:

https://www.couponchief.com/guides/halloween_safety_tips

 Please Note: Montgomery Township Police have not found it necessary to establish a curfew time for trick-or-treating, up to this point. Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, when children are out of school and may be eager to begin. Police ask that parents exercise proper restraint and oversight and that all residents be considerate and respectful of one another in the timing and manner in which they celebrate the holiday.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Source: Montgomery Twp. Police Dept.

Updated 10/17/17