Halton residents are reminded to be safe while having fun this Halloween.
The Halton Regional Police Service has a few tips and tricks for staying safe.
Before going trick or treating, make sure that children’s costumes are brightly coloured and made of non-flammable or flame-resistant material. If your costume is not brightly coloured, attach reflective tape or other reflective materials to make sure that children can be visible to other pedestrians and drivers. Also, make sure that costumes are the proper length, to avoid tripping. Masks are generally not a good choice to wear at night, but if they are worn make sure that the eye holes are large to avoid restricting vision. Makeup is a better choice for trick or treating at night, since it does not restrict the wearer’s vision.
Trick or treaters should always travel with an adult or in a group in the early evening hours of October 31st. If older trick or treaters are going without adult supervision, make sure that a route is established and followed. Children are reminded to only cross roads at corners or crosswalks, and to always look both ways before crossing the street. Trick or treaters are reminded to stay off roads and lawns and to always walk on the sidewalk. Avoid dark or vacant areas and stay away from homes that are in total darkness. Remember to never enter a stranger’s house or go anywhere with someone you do not know.
After trick or treating always inspect treats before consuming, and throw away anything with open packaging or otherwise looks questionable.
The Oakville Fire Department is reminding residents to be careful around candles and other flammable materials this Halloween.
Teach children to stop, drop and roll in case their clothing or costume catches fire: stop immediately, drop to the ground and cover face with hand and roll over and over to smother the flames.
Candles, matches and lighters should be kept out of the reach of children. To be extra safe, use battery powered lights, flame less candles or glow sticks to decorate and in jack-o-lanterns. Do not overload electrical outlets with lighting or special effects. Minimize the use of dry cornstalks and hay bales and keep them away from ignition sources. Also, make sure that your smoke detectors are working.
If an emergency occurs on Halloween, make sure to call 911 for help. Oakville.com wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween!
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