Scott A. Dumas, Police Chief
477 Haverhill Street
Rowley, MA 01969
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Rowley Police Offer Halloween Safety Tips
ROWLEY — With Halloween just over a week away, Chief Scott A. Dumas and the Rowley Police Department are reminding families of several important safety tips as they prepare to take their children trick-or-treating this year.
“We want to ensure everyone has a fun night celebrating Halloween,” Chief Dumas said. “We ask that our residents follow these common sense safety tips and report any safety concerns or suspicious activity to the Rowley Police.”
Oct. 31 falls on a Tuesday this year and Rowley Police will work to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents. Trick-or-treating hours are from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
- 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.
- 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 Rowley Police at 978-948-7644 or by dialing 911.