RCMP Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween has traditionally been one of the most exciting holidays for children. Here is helpful information from The RCMP in BC to ensure that has a safe, enjoyable, and accident-free Halloween.

PARENTS please ensure your children:

  • are dressed appropriately for the weather
  • are visible wearing reflective tape on the front and back of their costumes for better visibility, or light sticks which can be worn around their necks or wrists
  • carry a flashlight
  • walk in groups - staying together
  • stick to well lit, populated areas;
  • accept treats at the front door, never go inside a house
  • cross only at corners. Never dart between parked cars or in the middle of the block
  • It is also a good idea to take a cell phone with you in case of an emergency.

KIDS

  • DO NOT eat any candy until it has been checked by an adult.
  • Let your parents know where you are going (the general route) and when you will be home.
  • Do not trick or treat at houses that have their lights out.
  • Use the sidewalk, and do not run across lawns or gardens.
  • Cross the street at crosswalks or intersections and make sure you look both ways.
  • Do not eat homemade treats or fruit if you do not know who made them and where they came from..
  • Throw away any treats that are not in sealed packaging.
  • Wear good solid shoes and make sure your costume is not to long to prevent tripping.
  • Trick or treat early, and finish early so you are not out late at night.
  • Never go into alleys, parking lots, wooded areas, or vacant lots.
  • Stay in well lit areas.
  • Do not go near animals you do not know.
  • Stay away from firecrackers and fireworks, or anyone playing with them. Not only are they illegal to have, but they are Very Dangerous!

MOTORISTS:

  • please slow down and to watch for kids that might dart in front of you
  • Focus on surroundings - pay attention to crosswalks and intersection

FIRE CRACKERS ARE ILLEGAL

Firecrackers are small bombs and have resulted in serious injury including burns, hearing loss and loss of fingers.

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