Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
Contact: Jessica Sacco
Saugus Police Provide Halloween Safety Tips for This Weekend
SAUGUS — With Halloween coming up this weekend, Chief Domenic DiMella and the Saugus Police Department would like to advise the community to be safe during fall festivities, especially for those who plan on trick-or-treating or who will be out at night.
Halloween, which is celebrated on Oct. 31, falls on a Saturday this year. The official trick-or-treating hours for Saugus are from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
“As always, we want our residents to be able to safely enjoy their Halloween activities,” Chief DiMella said. “I strongly encourage residents to consider the tips provided so we can ensure that everyone has a safe and happy Halloween this year.”
The Centers for Disease Control provides best practices for Halloween trick-or-treaters by asking that people follow the”Safe Halloween” motto.
Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape on costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before you eat them.
Hold a flashlight while walking to ensure that you are visible. Walk and don’t run from house to house.
Always test make up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Lower your risk of serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
Only walk on sidewalks wherever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe and to prevent accidents or injury.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
Eat only factory-wrapped candy. Avoid eating homemade treats offered by strangers.
Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t accept rides from strangers.
Never walk near lit candles or devices with open flames. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Those who are planning on attending a party in or out of town should remember:
- Many young children are out for the evening, especially during the peak hours of 5:30-7:00 p.m., so drive slowly!
- Not to drive a vehicle while wearing any sort of mask. Your visibility could be obscured.
- Have a designated driver if attending an adult Halloween party where alcohol is served.
If there are any concerns on safety please contact the Saugus Police Department at 781-233-1740.