Halloween trick or treat safety tips

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Halloween ghosts, goblins and ghouls will be roaming the streets on October 31st. Here are some easy-to-follow tips to make sure your little trick-or-treater is safe.
  • Make sure your child is dressed in a costume that is: bright, easily visible, a proper fit, comfortable, and does not cover his/her face (use hypoallergenic, non-toxic make-up). We recommend that you put reflectors on your child’s costume.
  • Costumes should be made of fire-resistant material. 
  • Make sure that the costume is not a tripping hazard.
  • Do not use sharp objects as part of the costume. 
  • Screen your child’s bag of candy. Throw away candies and other foods that are not in wrappers. 
  • Keep hard candies and other small items out of reach of infants and toddlers. 
  • Supervise your child around lit pumpkins and never leave your lit pumpkin unattended. Use flashlights instead of candles in the pumpkins. 
  • Supervise your child as he/she crosses the street. 
  • Make sure that children have adult supervision when trick-or-treating.  Encourage a buddy system if your older child is out trick or treating alone. 
  • Trick-or-treat in familiar neighbourhoods at homes that you know. 
  • Teach children to stop and check for cars at driveway entrances, street corners and alleys.
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