Here are some Halloween Safety Tips to help prepare your children for a safe and enjoyable holiday. Follow these tips and some common sense practices to keep events safe and fun.
Small children should never carve pumpkins. Instead, let your child draw a face on the pumpkin.
Remind children to keep away from open fires and candles. (Costumes can be extremely flammable.)
Keep candles, jack-o-lanterns, matches and lighters in a place that children cannot reach.
Remind children to look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks, and low-flying brooms.
Provide yourself or the children with a flashlight to see better and to be better seen.
Children should stay in well-lit areas and should only visit homes that have their outside lights turned on. Children should never go inside homes or cars.
Remind children not to eat their treats and goodies until they are examined by an adult at home. And candy should not be eaten if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.
Make sure that your child eats dinner before they set out, so they'll be less tempted to eat their goodies along the way.
Accompany your children each year until the children are old enough to go by themselves. Still, safety-minded parents can follow along at a distance to keep an eye on the children.
Make your home safe for trick-or-treaters. Remove all objects around the outside of your house that could cause children to trip or fall. Turn your outside light on so children will know they can visit your home.
Halloween candles with multiple wicks close to one another are hazardous and should not be used. When lit they can produce a single high flame or several large flames close together resulting in intense heat and the danger of igniting nearby materials such as curtains or window sills.
Keep pets inside and away from trick-or-treaters and lit candles, especially if they are easily frightened or become over-excited in the presence of strangers.
If using decorative lights indoors or outdoors, use lights certified by a recognized organization such as the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or the Underwriters' Laboratory of Canada (ULC or C-UL). Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Discard damaged sets. Do not overload extension cords.
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- Turn on your headlights before dusk. This will increase your vehicles visibility.
- Slow down as you drive through residential areas - 10 km slower can make a big difference in an emergency stop.
- Watch for children darting out from behind parked cars.
- Come to a full stop at designated intersections and proceed slowly when driving through.
- Do not drive if you have been drinking - find alternate
transportation such as riding with a designated driver, taking a taxi
For Parents and Children
- Children wear light or reflective costumes that are easy to move in and don't cause tripping, and use face paint instead of wearing a
- Children carry a flashlight
- Never run out between two parked cars. Always cross at a designated intersection, looking both ways and make sure drivers see you before you cross.
- If there is no sidewalk, always walk facing traffic and as far off
the road as possible.
- Parents make sure the "loot route" is planned along well-lit streets
- Parents accompany children and make sure the group travels together.
- Parents review the "rules of the road" before starting out.
Other Tips for a Safe Halloween
- Never eat treats until you get home and an adult has checked your loot.
- Check wrappers of commercially sold treats for signs of tampering.
- Notify the police if anything dangerous is found so they can find the person responsible before anyone gets hurt.