28 Oct Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!
- Ensure your walkway and porch is well lit and clear of obstructions so that it is safe for trick or treaters
- Check your walkway, porch and steps for any safety hazards that could cause trips, falls or any other injury to trick or treaters. Things you may want to look for include, but are not limited to, loose railings, uneven steps, uneven pavement, ice, puddles, electrical cords etc. Take steps to remove these hazards or, at the very least, direct trick or treaters (or any visitors to your home for that matter) away from them.
- Make sure that all flammable materials are kept away from candles in Jack-o-Lanterns or consider using a safer alternative to a candle such as a flash light, a battery operated candle or a glow stick to light your pumpkin.
- Ensure any pets, especially ones that might get over excited and be prone to jumping or biting, be kept safe in your home and far away from trick or treaters
- Be wary of pedestrians remember that children are excited and will likely disregard traffic rules and may dart out into the streets without looking to see if it is safe to do so
- Remember that it gets darker earlier, so be sure that you can see and be seen by checking that your headlights are in good working order
- Children costumes should be warm, easily visible and free from any encumbrance that might cause them to trip and fall
- Children should not wear masks that obstruct their eyesight
- Encourage children to walk and not run to avoid falls
- Remind children of basic traffic rules
- Have a responsible adult accompany younger children while trick or treating
- Older children who are trick or treating on their own should be reminded of the importance of the buddy system and should not go out trick or treating on their own
For more Halloween safety tips be sure to check out the Rogers Pumpkin Patrol website or the Toronto Police Services Halloween Safety Tip page.