As Hallowe’en approaches, the streets soon will be filled with hundreds of young ghosts and goblins.
Parents and children are reminded of some simple safety tips for trick-or-treaters:
- Be visible by wearing bright colours, using reflective tape, and carrying a flashlight or glow stick.
- If there is not a sidewalk present, walk facing traffic.
- Be respectful of people’s property.
- Don’t trick-or-treat alone; walk in a group or with a trusted adult.
- Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering (do not eat candy until you get home).
- Stay in well-lit, familiar areas and neighbourhoods.
- Avoid costumes with baggy sleeves and long hems to minimize the risk of contact with candles, getting caught on objects, and falls.
- Wear make-up instead of a mask (if you do wear a mask, make sure you can see, hear, and breathe well in it).
- Stay on one side of the road and then the other (do not cross back and forth over the roadway).
- NEVER enter a stranger’s home—stay outside on the porch or steps.
Have fun and stay safe!