Halloween RCMP Safety tips 2016

Oct. 27/16

Road Safety/Yard Safety:

· Carry a flashlight so you can see where you are going.

· Walk, don’t run.

· Stay on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.

· Visit houses on one side of the street at a time.

· Never walk out between cars to cross the street.

· Stay in familiar neighborhoods.

· Don’t cut across yards or driveways.

· Obey traffic signals and give traffic the right of way.

· Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by
an adult.

· Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones.

Costumes:

· Make sure your costume doesn’t drag on the ground so you don’t trip.

· Wear comfortable shoes, even if they don’t go with your costume.

· Wear makeup instead of a mask. This will allow you to see and be aware of everything going on around you while walking house to house.

· It is safer to carry flexible knives, swords or other props.

· Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.

· If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame retardant
material.

Trick or Treat:

· Only approach houses that have the outside lights turned on.

· Trick-or-treat in groups.

· Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.

· Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything. Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.

· Discuss with your children what they should do to call home in
case of emergency.

Pets:

· Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know.

· Pets get frightened on Halloween; put them inside to protect
them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater.

Fireworks:

· Be aware that in many BC communities, the use of fireworks is strictly prohibited by law.

· Each and every Halloween, hospital emergency rooms prepare for an influx of children and adults with firework-associated injuries.  

· Parents are urged to be alert to the many dangers posed to young people who are allowed to use fireworks at Halloween.