Stay Safe This Halloween: Tips from Hoboken’s Department of Public Safety

As Halloween approaches, the Hoboken Public Safety Department, which is made up of the City’s Police Department, Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), reminds revelers of all ages to follow best practices and tips for a safe and healthy holiday.

The Hoboken Police Department asks drivers to reduce their speed, be alert for trick-or-treaters, turn on headlights, stop before crosswalks, and remember that the city-wide speed limit is 20 mph. The City of Hoboken does not permit block parties on Halloween; and residents are reminded to walk on sidewalks and to cross only in crosswalks.

Halloween can present some scary fire safety hazards, so the Hoboken Fire Department encourages residents to take simple steps, including keeping flammable decorations away from open flames and heat sources.

Avoid having to call EMS by being extra cautious when carving! Leave the pumpkin carving to adults. When choosing costumes, make sure they fit properly and are not too long to prevent trips and falls.

“Whether it’s trick-or-treating on Halloween night, or costume parties over the weekend, we ask all our residents to take these simple precautions as they celebrate,” said Public Safety Director Ken Ferrante.