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Hallowe'en Safety Tips From The OPP

Web posted on October 31, 2014

(WELLINGTON COUNTY, ON) Halloween 2014 is fast approaching and Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wants everyone to have fun and be safe. Wellington County OPP Detachment Commander Inspector Scott Lawson says "Halloween is fast approaching and children are getting excited about costumes, being with friends, and all those treats. We need to remind our children about keeping themselves safe and avoiding potentially dangerous situations".

FOR PARENTS:

  • Accompany your children or ensure they are with a responsible adult
  • Costumes should fit properly to prevent trips and falls
  • Select costumes with bright colours to increase your child's visibility and add reflective strips
  • Provide your child with a flashlight and a cell phone if available
  • Draw a map outlining the route they should follow and set a curfew
  • Do not allow your children to carry anything that looks like a weapon
  • Tell your children not to eat anything until they get home
  • Start trick or treating early before it gets too dark

FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH:

  • Carry a white bag or pillowcase for your candy, or add some reflective tape
  • Bring a cell phone in case you need to make an emergency phone call and carry a flashlight
  • Trick or Treat with a friend
  • Visit homes that are well lit and never go inside a strangers home
  • Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the side of the road facing traffic. Don't criss-cross back and forth across the street. Never cross between parked cars, always at crosswalks, street corners or intersections
  • Don't eat your treats before you get home. When home, ask your parents to look through the treats with you to make sure everything is safe.
  • Tell your parents/guardians where you will be and Trick or Treat in familiar areas

FOR HOMEOWNERS:

  • Turn on outdoor lights and replace burnt-out bulbs
  • Remove items from your yard or porch that might trip a child
  • Sweep wet leaves from your steps and sidewalk
  • Use an alternative to a candle in your pumpkin such as a flashlight or battery-operated candle. If you do use a candle, never leave it unattended.

FOR DRIVERS:

  • Drive slowly in residential areas where children are more like to be trick or treating
  • Remember that costumes can limit a child's vision and they may not be able to see your vehicle
  • Reduce your distractions and stay alert
  • Enter and exit driveways slowly. Proceed with caution

Remember that safety is Wellington County OPP's top priority. If you observe any suspicious activity, please call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.


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