The following was submitted by the Wellesley Police Department:
The Wellesley Police Department would like to make some Halloween Safety recommendations to the residents in Wellesley.
The Town has no plans to reschedule the celebration of Halloween. Tropical Storm Sandy caused many trees and power lines to come down on Monday. The Department of Public works is working hard to clean the debris from the roadways and sidewalks throughout town.
The Wellesley Police Department, the Department of Public Works and the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant are requesting the assistance of the public with clearing branches, leaves and other debris from walkways, sidewalks and driveways.
Due to the fact that there may still be many sidewalks and roadways that have debris on Halloween night the Wellesley Police Department is encouraging those families and children who go out Trick or Treating to follow these safety suggestions:
- Walk on sidewalks whenever possible, but be cautious of possible debris, tree branches and wires that may still be on the walkways, sidewalks and roadways.
- Trick or Treat close to your home, on streets that you and your family are familiar with.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- Bring a flashlight with you and keep it on at all times to help you see the pathways and walkways better and others that may be out Trick or Treating.
- Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
- Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
- Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
- Go out early when there is still some daylight and return home early to keep everyone safe.
- Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers and only enter homes if you are with a trusted adult.
We would also like to remind the motoring public that there will be a large amount of youths who are out Trick or Treating and to use caution when driving. Be cognizant that children may sometimes quickly dart across the roadway so we would encourage everyone to drive slowly.
The Wellesley Police Department will have extra officers on patrol in the neighborhoods to help ensure the safety of those who go out Trick or Treating.
Questions? Contact the Wellesley Police Department at www.wellesleypolice.com.