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Child Safety while on Trick or Treat at Halloween

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Parents can help keep their children safe this Halloween by following some trick-or-treating safety precautions


• Trick-or-treaters should wear light-coloured costumes, or parents can add glow-in-the-dark tape to the costume’s front and back
• Give children flashlights with new batteries
• Only go to houses with porch lights on and walk on the path and on lit streets.


• Accompany children under age 10 on their rounds. But make sure they know their home phone number, the mobile phone numbers of parents and any other trusted adult who’s supervising, and how to call 911
• For older children who are trick-or-treating on their own, make sure you approve of the route they’ll be taking and know when they’ll be coming home. Be sure that they carry a phone, go in a group and stay together
• Put a name tag, with your phone number, on your children’s costumes.
• Never go into strangers’ homes or cars
• Limit trick-or-treating to your neighbourhood and the homes of people you and your children know
• While children can help with designing a pumpkin, leave the carving to adults


• Don’t buy a costume unless it’s labelled “flame-retardant.”
• Always keep jack o’ lanterns and hot electric lamps far away from drapes, decorations or areas where children and pets will be standing or walking
• Use battery operated candles instead of open flames


• When children get home, check all treats to make sure they are safely sealed and there are no signs of tampering
• Don’t allow young children to have hard candy or gum that could cause choking

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighbourhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways

Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs

Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully

Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings

Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances

Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours


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