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Police share Halloween safety tips with Nova Scotians, Halifax, N.S.

2015/10/30

Across Nova Scotia, little superheroes and zombies are counting down the days to Halloween: a night of candy, creepy costumes and fun with friends.

For many kids, Halloween is the best night of the year.

The RCMP, Cape Breton Regional Police and Halifax Regional Police want to keep it that way by sharing these Halloween safety tips.

Trick-or-treaters, parents and guardians:
• Follow normal pedestrian safety rules. Look both ways before crossing the street and watch for vehicles (especially vehicles backing out of driveways).
• Trick-or-treat in groups; never alone.
• Try to limit criss-crossing the street. Go down one side of the street, then up the other.
• Ensure Halloween costumes are bright, reflective and fit well.
• Carry a flashlight and stay close to well-lit areas.
• Confirm that costumes allow the wearer to see clearly. Consider using face paint or makeup instead of a mask.
• Be sure an adult checks all Halloween candy before trick-or-treaters dig in.
• Trick-or-treaters should tell their parents and/or guardians their Halloween route and when they expect to be home.
• Dress warmly.
• Watch for open flames and be careful around jack-o-lanterns.
• Stay outside while trick-or-treating. Never enter someone’s home.

Motorists:
• With the excitement of Halloween, trick-or-treaters may forget pedestrian safety rules. Drive slowly and be careful backing up.
• Drive with extra caution in residential areas.

Homeowners:
• Keep your doorway well-lit; clear of tripping hazards and open flames.
• Give out only commercially-wrapped snacks.
• Ensure trick-or-treaters stay outside of your home. It is dangerous to allow them inside.
• Keep pets inside on Halloween. Costumes and loud noises may scare them.

Community members:
• If you plan to use fireworks, do so safely and responsibly. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy or carry fireworks. Throwing or setting off fireworks in the street is also against the law.
• Contact police if you notice anything suspicious or require assistance.

Let’s keep Halloween fun and memorable for kids young and old. Have a safe and spooky night!

Source: Release

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