HALLOWEEN IS A GREAT FUN FOR ALL AGES, AND FOR MANY CHILDREN GOING OUT FOR TRICK-OR-TREAT IS A HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR.
GETTING DRESSED UP, HEADING OUT INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD, AND LOADING UP ON CANDY! HOW CAN THAT NOT BE FUN!
We all want to enjoy Halloween, but in the excitement we need to keep everyone safe.
Here are some Halloween Safety Tips.
DRIVER HALLOWEEN SAFETY
- Take your time and drive below the speed limit. Allow extra time to get where you are going. Do not speed.
- Most trick-or-treating takes place between 6-9 p.m., so if you can avoid driving during that time, even better.
- Pay extra attention! Kids are excited and can dart across the road in search of that house giving out the best candy. Stay alert of your surroundings.
- As always don’t use text or use smartphones while driving.
CHILD HALLOWEEN SAFETY – PARENT TIPS FOR KIDS’ HEADING OUT TO TRICK-OR-TREAT
- Give your children a flashlight. It will not only help them see where they are going, but more importantly help them be seem by drivers.
- Where possible, walk on sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk as close to the side of the road as possible.
- Consider makeup instead of a mask. Masks can obstruct your child’s vision.
- If you must use a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough to not affect your child’s ability to see, and have them push the mask off their face while walking.
- If your child’s costume is dark in colour, use some reflective tape so drivers can see them.
- If your child is young, go out with them. Get into the fun. Get dressed up too because it someday they will want to go out on their own.
- If your child is going out without you, make sure they are with a group of responsible friends, and remind them to be safe and mindful of their surroundings.
- Plan your child’s trick-or-treating route. Keep it close to home and to areas you are familiar with. Set a curfew!
- Remind your child to only visit houses that are well lit, and to never go inside.
- Remind them to never eat treats until they get home. Check all their treats. Dispose any treats in damaged packaging, and dispose home-made or unpacked treats (unless you know they are from a safe source).
ADULT FUN – DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE
- Halloween isn’t just for kids. Heading out for some grown-up fun? If you are going to consume alcohol, have a designated driver or arrange a drive home.
- If you are going to be out for the night, make sure you turn on your home alarm and let your neighbours know. Halloween can be a prime time of year for mischief and burglary.
HOMEOWNERS HALLOWEEN SAFETY
- Only hand out commercially-packaged treats.
- When carving the pumpkin, considering using a pumpkin carving knife, and always have an adult supervise.
- Avoid using candles to light your jack-o-lantern. They can be a fire hazard. Use a battery-powered light in your pumpkins.
- Keep your pets away from the front porch.
- Keep your home well lit so visitors have a clear and safe path to your front door.