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RCMP : Safety tips for a fun and safe Halloween night

Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for kids, which is why they can sometimes forget the importance of safety when choosing their costume and while trick or treating. However, Halloween safety is not limited to little ghouls and goblins.

Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind to make sure everyone has a safe and spooktacular night:

Parents and guardians:

  • Know your child’s trick or treating route, who they plan to go with and when they plan to return home. Better yet, share in the Halloween fun by accompanying them!
  • Remind children to stay in well-lit areas when trick or treating.
  • Make sure your child knows where they can get help if needed while trick or treating: police station, fire station or any other well indicated public place.

Trick or treaters:

  • Wear a light-coloured or bright costume, reflective tape or arm bands to make sure motorists can see you. Or accessorize with a flashlight!
  • Make sure your costume fits properly to reduce the chances of tripping on it and make sure your vision is not restricted.
  • Trick or treat with a parent or guardian, orif you’re old enough to be on your own, stay with a group.
  • Always walk on sidewalks. If there are none, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Watch for cars pulling out of driveways and backing up.
  • Never enter a house, only accept treats at the front door.
  • Wait until you get home to try your treats and get a trusted adult to check them first.

Motorists:

  • Slow down and pay attention, especially in residential areas.
  • Check mirrors and surrounding area before reversing from driveways and proceed with caution.
  • Costumes should not restrict movement, impede vision or interfere with the safe operation of your vehicle.
  • As always, drive only when sober.

Homeowners:

  • Many people look forward to transforming their homes into eerie scenes. When decorating, keep sidewalks and pathways free of obstacles to avoid tripping or falling.
  • Keep your home and doorway well lit with outdoor lights.
  • Make sure that all props hanging, dangling, or draped are steadily secured.

Happy Halloween from the Nova Scotia RCMP

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Source : Media Release

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