October 31, 2019

Halloween Safety Advisory


Motorists and Trick-Or-Treaters Encouraged to Use Caution this Halloween as
Winter Weather System Moves Across Chicago

The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) reminds motorists to drive according to conditions and to be mindful of children crossing the street as they trick-or-treat this afternoon.


Throughout the day and into the evening hours, a winter storm system will be moving across the Chicagoland area resulting in mixture of snow and rain for much of the day. The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation has more than 200 salt spreaders on the street monitoring conditions and salting streets as conditions warrant.

In addition, strong winds combined with high lake levels may result in high waves and possible flooding along the lakefront. As a precaution, the Chicago Park District has closed the pedestrian trail south of Fullerton Avenue and both the bike and pedestrian trails between North Avenue and Ohio Street. The Chicago Park District and OEMC are monitoring conditions and may coordinate additional closures as necessary.

Motorists and residents are urged to follow these tips to ensure a safe Halloween for all:
Be Alert: Drivers are urged to slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods where streets may be slick due to inclement weather. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Pedestrians should wait until cars come to a complete stop before crossing in front to them—wet streets can make it difficult for cars to stop.
• Stick Together: Adults are encouraged to join kids under the age of 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.
Cross at the Corner: Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Dump the Devices: Ditch your electronic devices this Halloween. Keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
Get Your Glow On: Kids are urged to wear reflective clothing or carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

For a full list of Chicago Park District Halloween activities, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/Halloween.

If You See Something, Say Something
As always, OEMC encourages residents to always be aware of surroundings and report any suspicious activity to onsite security or by calling 9-1-1.

Notify Chicago
Those interested in receiving up-to-date information on traffic disruptions, severe weather, traffic notices, Chicago emergency alerts and other messages, can sign-up for OEMC’s NotifyChicago alert system at www.notifychicago.org. This is a free service provided by the City of Chicago.

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