Mayor Madden, Troy Police Issue Halloween Safety Reminder
For Immediate Release
October 30, 2019
TROY, NY – City officials are encouraging Troy residents to plan ahead and review important safety tips & information to ensure an enjoyable evening of fun and activities this Halloween.
Mayor Madden said, “The City of Troy is committed to maintaining a safe environment for kids and families during trick-or-treating this Halloween. With the cooperation of law enforcement, parents, neighbors, and homeowners, we can help keep our neighborhoods open and welcoming for families and children during the Halloween holiday.”
Police Chief Owens said, “Parents and adults should discuss with their children the importance of safety to ensure that this year’s Halloween activities can be enjoyed by all. By following simple safety guidelines, together we can maintain a safe environment for trick-or-treaters this Halloween.”
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. 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.
- Remind them to stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
- Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
- Only go to homes with an exterior or porch light on. Never enter a home or car for a treat
Pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween. Motorists are reminded to slow down and exercise additional caution during Halloween. Trick-or-treaters should:
- 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 during evening hours or after sundown.
Troy residents planning to welcome trick-or-treaters should review the following safety recommendations:
- Remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over (garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations, etc.)
- 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.
Please 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.
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John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
[email protected] / (518) 279-7131