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Halloween Safety Tips

The Niagara Regional Police have issued the following Safety Tips:

Since the early 1800’s Halloween has been celebrated on October 31st. Halloween night is traditionally a family oriented evening when children get to dress up and enjoy trick or treating going door to door with their friends in their neighbourhood.

The Niagara Regional Police Service is committed to ensuring our children have a safe and happy Halloween night. Through education, preparation and consideration, everyone can work together to making this Halloween a safe and fun experience for all.

Keeping general safety tips in mind and using common sense can help make the most of your child’s Halloween night. The excitement of children at this time of year sometimes makes them forget to be careful. These simple tips can go a long way in preventing potential tragedies.


TIPS FOR TRICK OR TREATERS:
• Children should be reminded of safety rules. They should be reminded to walk on sidewalks and driveways, cross at street corners and never from between parked cars. Look in all directions before crossing the street and obey all traffic signals.
• Wearing a mask can obscure vision or hearing. Encourage your child to use makeup instead, but if they insist on wearing a mask, ensure the holes for eyes and ears are large enough and it fits properly.
• Avoid costumes that are too long or baggy. Children can easily trip over material and fall.
• Under no circumstances should your child enter the home of a stranger. Keep back from the door and always travel with a friend or parent.
• Carry a flashlight
• Walk, don’t run
• Stay in familiar neighbourhoods
• Wear a watch you can read in the dark
• Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props
• Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape
• Approach only houses that are lit
• Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know
• Don’t eat any candy until your parents see what you have

TIPS FOR PARENTS:
• Drive with extreme care and caution on Halloween night. Children are excited and may run onto the roadway without looking.
• All children regardless of age should be accompanied by an adult, or if older then they should travel in a group
• Make sure you know the route that your child will be taking
• Set a time limit for their return
• Provide a small, easy to carry flashlight or trim your child’s costume with reflective or fluorescent tape so they can be easily seen by other drivers and other pedestrians
• Tell your children not to eat any candy until you have inspected it and discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.
• If you suspect any candy is tainted, call police.
• If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material

TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS:
• Make sure your walkway and driveway is clear of tripping hazards
• Keep your pets away from the door so they will not get frightened and inadvertently bite a trick-or-treater
• Battery-powered jack-o-lanterns are preferable to using candles. If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing to avoid costumes from being blown into a flaming candle and possibly causing a fire.

By following these simple safety tips, and using a common sense approach Halloween night, we can ensure everyone has a safe and happy evening.

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  1. thanks for this great tips:)

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