Spooky But Safe


Halloween Safety Tips
On Friday night ghosts and goblins will be flying around our city. By following a few of these safety tips you can help ensure that everyone has a safe and fun Halloween.
-Help your child choose brightly coloured, non-flammable costumes. Place reflective stickers on the front, back and sides for better visibility
-Use face-paint or make-up for better vision. If a mask is being used, make sure it fits and has large eye openings
-Give your child a small flashlight
-Make sure at least one responsible adult accompanies younger children
-Instruct your child to never go inside a house or eat candy before it is checked
-Remind children never to dart across the road in the middle of the block or between parked cars and look both ways when crossing the street
-Inspect all candy wrappers and discard any home-made treats, including fruits, unless you know and trust the source
-Immediately report any dangerous or suspicious incidents to police

Older children unaccompanied by adults
-Always use the buddy system and try to travel in groups
-Carry a cell phone for emergency use only. Avoid drawing attention to yourself in the event you have to use it
-Be wary of groups of teenagers not wearing costumes
– Stick to your pre-planned route or advise parents before you change plans
– Only visit well-lit homes
– If you require immediate assistance look for an adult accompanied by children or in an emergency call 9-1-1

-Make sure your property is safe. Turn on outside lights and clear the property of toys or obstacles that could cause a fall
-Store valuable items such as outdoor furniture, equipment, cars and bicycles in a locked garage or shed
-If using a candle in your pumpkin, keep it away from flammables, such as drapes. Consider using a battery-operated candle instead.