FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | OCTOBER 30, 2017
Mayor Patrick Madden Issues Halloween Safety Reminder
TROY, NY – With Halloween just one day away, Mayor Patrick Madden is encouraging Troy residents – parents and children – to review important safety information and tips to have an enjoyable evening of festive fun and activities.
“Keeping our streets and neighborhoods safe for our kids and families is incredibly important, especially during city-wide holiday events like Halloween,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “Parents and adults should discuss the importance of safety with their children to ensure that this year’s Halloween activities can be enjoyed by Troy residents of all ages.”
According to the American Red Cross and the American Association of Pediatrics, there are a number of simple tips & recommendations families should follow to stay safe this Halloween:
- Plan your trick-or-treat route – adults should know where children are going.
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children while trick-or-treating.
- See and Be Seen: provide flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts. Adding reflective tape to costumes and bags helps increase visibility at night.
- If older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on. Never enter a home or car for a treat.
- Motorists are reminded to slow down and exercise additional caution during Halloween.
- Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind your children to:
– Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
– Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
– Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
– Never cut across yards or use alleys.
– Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Do not cross between parked cars or out driveways.
– Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters.
– Contact the Troy Police Department immediately regarding any suspicious or unlawful activity. Review with children how to call 9-1-1 if they ever have an emergency or become lost.
Troy residents planning to welcome Halloween trick-or-treaters should review the following safety recommendations:
- Remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
- Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
- Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
- Keep household pets restrained and away from entrances.
John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
[email protected] / (518) 279-7131