Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is just around the corner and the Saskatoon Police have some tips to ensure everyone stays safe this Halloween season.

Costumes:

  • Make sure your child’s costume fits; long or loose garments can cause your child to trip or become snagged.
  • No high heels or over-sized shoes
  • If your child wears a mask, ensure the holes are large enough for them to see where they are walking.
  • Instead of a mask, opt for a non-toxic face paint. Masks can restrict vision and breathing.
  • Costumes are often dark in colour; use reflective stripes or have your child wear glow in the dark bracelets or carry a flashlight.
  • If a costume includes accessories such as a knife, sword or cane, please ensure they are safe, non-sharp, easy to carry and will not hurt your child if they happen to fall on them.

Trick-or-Treating:

  • Speak to your children about Halloween safety and ensure this is discussed prior to them leaving the house. For example, knowing what street(s) your children will be on and for older children, provide a specific time for them to be home.
  • Do not approach or take candies from people in vehicles.
  • At the end of the night, all the candy should be looked through by a parent to ensure it is safe and unopened.
  • Speak to your children about street safety. Ensure they walk on the sidewalk instead of the street and in well-lit areas.
  • Go with a group of kids, not alone.

Vehicles:

  • Children are excited for this day. Drivers, please drive with extra caution.
  • Be cautious of children darting out from parked vehicles to run across the street.
  • Yield to all pedestrians.

Do you have any Halloween safety tips that we didn’t mention?? Share them with us below!

Halloween

Post written by Cst. Pam Fouquette, Community Liaison Officer

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4 Responses to Halloween Safety Tips

  1. Susan Z says:

    Great tips. I always worry about the kids when I send them out.

    • Thanks for the comment, Susan. In addition to our own tips, Canada Safety Council released some of their own that you can check out here: bit.ly/1akzKYy. I especially like the one about not going inside homes.

  2. Another tip that was just brought to my attention from Boise PD (Idaho, USA) was to make sure that if you’re expecting trick or treaters, keep the walkway to your home free and clear (this includes steps)!

  3. Krista B says:

    The Canadian Paediatric Society also has tips for parents at http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/halloween_safety

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