Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Saugus Police Provide Halloween Safety Tips
SAUGUS — With Halloween around the corner, Chief Domenic J. DiMella and the Saugus Police Department are reminding residents of several important safety tips as families get ready to take children trick-or-treating this year.
“While we want all of our residents to have a fun Halloween this year, the safety of the community remains our top priority,” Chief DiMella said. “Please, consider these safety tips while celebrating and let us know if you see anything out of the ordinary while out trick-or-treating.”
Halloween, which is celebrated on Oct. 31, falls on a Tuesday this year. Saugus Police will have extra officers on patrol to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents.
Police also remind residents to use caution as they celebrate the weekend prior to Halloween, Oct. 27-29.
- Only approach well-lit houses in familiar neighborhoods and always travel in small groups
- Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them
- Wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame retardant
- Use flashlights for guidance on sidewalks, walkways and when crossing the street
- Make sure masks have eye-holes large enough to see any tripping hazards or oncoming traffic, and mouth openings large enough to breathe easily
- Practice safe street-crossing by using crosswalks and walk signals
- Wear sturdy shoes and temperature appropriate clothing under costumes
Parents and guardians should:
- Supervise children under 12 years old
- Establish a designated curfew for older children
- Make sure children are wearing safe costumes that fit well and don’t drag on the ground
- Apply reflective tape to your child’s arms, legs and treat bags
- Assure costume accessories such as swords and other pointed objects are made with soft and safe materials
- If driving children between houses and neighborhoods, have them get out of cars on the curbside, not on the traffic side
- Keep inside and outside lights on during trick-or-treat hours
- Avoid placing lit candles and jack-o-lanterns on doorsteps and walkways where costumes could brush against them and cause burns or fire
- Only hand out candy that is packaged and wrapped
- Avoid handing out small toys that could cause choking or lead poisoning for small children
Additionally, any suspicious person or vehicle should immediately be reported to the Saugus Police Department by calling 781-233-1740.