Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176


Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Melrose Police Department Offers Halloween Safety Tips

MELROSE — With Halloween right around the corner, Police Chief Michael L. Lyle and the Melrose Police Department  wish to remind families of several important safety tips as they prepare to take their children trick-or-treating this year.

“We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Halloween, and we encourage everyone read and follow these important guidelines,” Chief Lyle said.

Oct. 31 falls on a Tuesday this year and Melrose Police will be on patrol to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone out trick-or-treating.

There are no designated trick-or-treating hours in Melrose, but police recommend residents conclude festivities by 9 p.m. The Melrose Police also remind residents to use caution as they celebrate the weekend prior to Halloween, Oct. 27-29.

Peak trick-or-treat hours usually fall between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., and motorists should exercise extreme caution and look out for children crossing the road.

Children should:

  • Only approach well-lit houses 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.
  • Walk and don’t run from house to house.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and temperature appropriate clothing under costumes.
  • Never accept rides from strangers.

Parents and guardians should:

  • Supervise their children.
  • 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.

Homeowners should:

  • 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 Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212 or by dialing 911.

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