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OPP offers Hallowe’en safety tips

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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!

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