Halloween Safety

Halloween is a time of fun for kids. Follow these simple safety tips to ensure it is also a safe time.

 Trick-or-Treating Tips

- Wear a properly fitted costume that is bright and non-flammable.
- Use reflective tape on your costume so you can be seen in the dark.
- Use face make-up or enlarge the eyes on your mask so you can see well.
- When wearing a mask, push it up on your head while walking.
- Go trick-or-treating with family or friends. Let people know your route.
- If someone invites you alone into a house, say "No thanks" and then leave.
- Don't go anywhere with someone you don't know.
- Only go to homes with lights on.
- Walk - don't run, and look all ways before crossing the street.
- Trick or treat on one side of the street and then do the other side!
- Use a flashlight to help you see in the dark!
- Have an adult check the treats you collect before you eat them.

Food Safety Tips

- Children shouldn’t snack while trick-or-treating, as parents should first inspect the treats. To help prevent children from munching, give them a light meal before they depart.

- Children should not consume any treats that are not commercially wrapped, such as homemade candy or baked goods.

- Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discolouration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers.

- Some Halloween treats may trigger allergic reactions. Read the complete label and ingredient list of products before interpreting it is safe for all to eat.

- Remember, when in doubt, throw it out!

It's that time again when children enjoy dressing up and roaming the neighbourhoods in search of their favourite candy. It's funny when you think about it: 364 days of the year we tell our kids, "Don't take candy from strangers!" but then on Halloween we send them out to take candy from every stranger they can find! Confusing! Sound dangerous? It doesn't have to be. Fortunately, we can take certain precautions that will keep our kids safe. Using safety tips and common sense can help you make the most of your Halloween season and make it as enjoyable for your kids as it is for you!

As with any emergency, prevention is key. If we cannot prevent an emergency, we should be capable of recognizing and responding to them. Take a CPR course and learn these steps.

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