[TPS] – Halloween safety tips‏

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Halloween safety tips

Thursday, October 27, 2011 – 8:00 AM
Corporate Communications

The Toronto Police Service would like to take this opportunity to remind parents, caregivers, children and motorists that every effort should be made to keep Halloween a safe and enjoyable occasion.

Here are some general safety tips:

– consider dressing your child in a light-coloured costume. Reflective tape or armbands placed on the costume can help increase visibility. Carrying a small flashlight to light the way between houses is a good idea and helps make children more visible on dark residential streets

– if your child will be wearing a mask, increase the eye openings to improve vision. Consider the use of makeup as an alternative to wearing a mask

– prior to Halloween, ensure the costume is the proper length to reduce the risk of tripping. Do not allow your child to ride a bicycle while in costume; it could become tangled in the chain or spokes. If the costume is purchased, ensure it is made of flame-retardant material

– ensure children have something to eat before they begin to Trick or Treat. It’s very important that no treats are consumed until they have been carefully inspected by an adult

– young children should be accompanied by an adult. Older children should be encouraged to go out in groups, stay together and utilize the “buddy system”

– approach only lit houses

– discuss with your children the route they will be traveling and what time they are required to return home. They should stay in familiar neighbourhoods

– Trick or Treat along one side of the street, then cross over carefully to the other side. Avoid running back and forth across the street

– Attention drivers! Children will be very excited and their actions could be sudden and unpredictable. Exercise caution and slow down.

– Homeowners! Make sure your yard is clear and safe. Please ensure pets are in a safe place so no harm will come to them or the children

Let’s all have a safe and happy Halloween.

Please click here for a Halloween colouring booklet.

Constable Wendy Drummond, Corporate Communications

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