Halloween can be a fun family holiday, but it also can pose a heightened safety risk.
Luckily, the Madison Police Department has a few tips to ensure that you and your family remain safe on Halloween.
- Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks
- Walk, don’t run, across the street
- Never cross the street between parked vehicles
- Never go into a stranger’s house
- Watch out for cars backing or turning
- Wear bright colored clothing and use a flashlight
- Put electronic devices down and stay alert
- Stay in a group and communicate where you will be going
- Keep an eye open for children who forget the rules
- Use caution when traveling and obey posted traffic signs especially in neighborhoods
- Take extra time to look for individuals at intersections, on medians, and on curbs
- Eliminate any distractions inside of the vehicle so the driver can concentrate on the roadway and surroundings
- Instruct children not to open candy until they return home
- Inspect ALL candy for tampering
- Ensure an adult accompanies children
- Discuss the route their children should be taking
- Most importantly, explain the difference between tricks and vandalism (especially cemeteries)
Home Owners Should:
- Have a well-lit home both inside and out to prevent vandalism and injuries
- Remove all obstacles from their lawns to avoid injuries
- Refrain from using candles in ornaments that could set a fire
The Madison Police Department wishes everyone a very safe and happy Halloween!
Coffee with a Cop
Come on out to a meet-and-greet event, “Coffee with a Cop,” on October 3rd from 8 am – 9 am at all 3 Madison McDonald’s locations where community members can talk with officers about any concerns they have and get further details on these Halloween safety tips and more. For more information on Coffee with a Cop, visit the Madison Police Department’s Facebook page and website.