HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS

CHILDREN

– Carry a flashlight

– Walk, don’t run

– Stay on sidewalks. Where there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic

– Obey all traffic signals

– If not accompanied by an adult, use the buddy system and always stay with your partner

– Stay in neighbourhoods you are familiar with

– Don’t cut across yards or driveways

– Wear a watch you can read in the dark

– Make sure your costume does not drag on the ground

– Shoes should fit, even though they don’t go with your costume

– Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house

– Carry only flexible props such as knives and swords

– Wear reflective clothing or use attach reflective tape to your costume

PARENTS

– Make sure your child(ren) eat dinner before setting out

– Children should carry quarters so they can call home

– Ideally, young children should be accompanied by an adult

– If your children go out on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one they can read in the dark

– If not accompanied by an adult, ensure they use the buddy system and relay to them the importance of staying with their partner(s)

– If you buy a costume, look for one that is reflective and made of flame retardant material

– Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home

– You should know where your children are going

– Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything

– Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspicious or tampered with

– Go over the Children’s list above with your child(ren) to ensure they understand the safety tips

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