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Trumbull Police Chief Shares Halloween Safety Tips

Trumbull Chief of Police Michael Lombardo gives safety tips for trick-or-treaters.
Trumbull Chief of Police Michael Lombardo gives safety tips for trick-or-treaters. Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs

TRUMBULL, Conn. -- Trick-or-treaters need to walk facing traffic, carry flashlights at night and stay in groups, according to Trumbull Chief of Police Michael Lombardo, who offers other safety tips for residents to follow to stay safe Monday on Halloween.

Roads

  • When going out at night, bring a flashlight with you so you can illuminate where curbs, walkways and other areas are located.
  • If you are walking door to door, try and walk in groups, stay to the side of the roadway and wear some form of reflective clothing so you are easily visible to motorists and others.
  • With 342 miles of roadways in Trumbull, at night children can become excited and walk into the road as they move from house to house.
  • Keep a watchful eye on any children under your supervision and remember that pedestrians need to always walk facing traffic.
  • If you need to be in the road, stay as close to the curb line as possible.
  • Costumes should not be bulky or loose-fitting.
  • Avoid unsafe shoes, masks that reduce vision and sharp objects.
  • Glow sticks or some other form of illumination will also improve your visibility to motorists.

Treats

  • Treats should be in original sealed wrappers from the manufacturer.
  • Children should not open candy until an adult has been able to inspect each piece for tampering.
  • If you believe that a treat has been tampered with, do not allow anyone to consume the item and contact the local police.
  • The police department can contact the Food and Drug Administration to determine if the questionable treat is unsafe.
  • Being safe on Halloween also includes knowing your child’s route for the evening.

Know the plan

Ask questions. Where will they be? Who is with them? What supervision will be present? What time will they be home? Also, know what type of costume your child will be wearing. The information is helpful should you need to summon the police to assist in locating an overdue person.

Property owners

  • Trick-or-treaters are not the only ones to be reminded of safety.
  • Residents should keep their walkways clear and provide plenty of illumination.
  • Not only will this help to reduce injury, but it may also reduce the likelihood of vandalism to your property.

Drivers

  • Motorists need to use extra caution.
  • Remember that children may be walking on the roadways and difficult to see at times.

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