GLEN RIDGE, NJ - The men and women of the Glen Ridge Police Department know a safe Halloween is the best Halloween. The departent offers these tips for a safe celebration.
1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
2. Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
3. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
4. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
5. the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
6. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
7. Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Costumes for a Safe Halloween
1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
Drive Extra Safely on Halloween
1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
2. Take the extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs.
3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
4. Get rid of any distractions - like your phone - in your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
5. Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Be especially alert for kids during those hours.
• A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children.
• If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you and send them with a cellphone. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
• Pedestrian injuries are very common on Halloween. Remind kids to stay in a group. They should remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If there is not a sidewalk, walk at the far edge of the street facing traffic. Only cross the street as a group and in a crosswalk. Never cross between parked cars or out of driveways and never cut across yards or through alleys.
• Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
• Review with children how to call 911 if they have an emergency or become lost.
• Always check your kids’ candy for signs of tampering and throw away candy that appears to have been opened, even partially.
Keeping Your Home Safe for Trick-or-Treaters
• Remove any objects from your porch or walkways that could put children in danger of tripping, including garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations. Sweep wet leaves or snow from sidewalks and steps.
• Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
• Restrain pets so they do not jump on or bite a trick-or-treater or run away.
As always, any suspicious person or vehicle should immediately be reported to the Police by dialing 911.