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Halloween safety

Posted on October 19, 2021

With superhero’s, unicorns and a few mandalorians set to visit our homes this evening, we want to remind everyone to be extra careful and safely enjoy a spooktacular Halloween.

Look good and scary out there:

  • Be visible. Wear a light/bright colored costume. Add reflective tape or arm bands to increase visibility.
  • Ensure your costume is made of flame-retardant material.
  • Make sure your costume fits well to avoid ghostly falls or stumbles.
  • Use flashlights and glow sticks; they are great accessories for any costume and can keep kids visible to motorists.
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until an adult can look over them.

Be street smart:

  • Parents/guardians should help plan and be aware of the route that their children will travel for trick-or-treating.
  • Children should be able to recognize places where they can get help: police station, fire station or any other well-known public place.
  • Stay on the sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left-hand side of the street facing traffic.
  • Never enter a house. Only accept treats at the front door.

Be COVID-19 smart:

  • Be respectful of households that are not handing out treats this year, and skip any residence that has a sign on the door.
  • Make sure children wash their hands before they leave home, when they arrive home, and before eating any treats.
  • Avoid activities that pose a high risk for transmission (i.e. bobbing for apples, decorating cookies).

Take extra care if driving:

  • Slow down and be extra cautious. Expect that trick-or-treaters may forget to look both ways before rushing across the street or a driveway in their search for treats.
  • Watch for people using crosswalks.
  • Do not drive impaired.
  • Ensure that your costume does not interfere with the safe operation of the motor vehicle. Costumes should not restrict movement, impede vision or prevent anyone in the vehicle from buckling up.

Have a safe and spooktacular Halloween!

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