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Ghosts and goblins will soon be flooding neighbourhood sidewalks and knocking on doors. While you get ready by carving a pumpkin or decorating your porch, take steps to prevent injury and remind motorists to drive slowly on All Hallow’s Eve. As part of our commitment to building safe communities across Ontario, we offer these tips for a safe and happy Halloween.
A burning candle is a fire hazard. Ensure a safe distance between jack-o-lanterns with flickering candles and flammables – like low-hanging sheets masquerading as ghosts. For safety, consider battery-charged flameless LED tea lights.
Choose costumes that fit children properly and allow them a full range of motion. Long capes and flowing gowns can turn into tripping hazards, especially as kids race from door to door for treats.
Teach children to play safe and steer clear of electrical equipment. Don’t let young superheroes climb on green transformer boxes or scale electrical poles in the neighbourhood.
Rethink toy weapons and accessories with sharp edges. If a costume includes a broomstick or light sabre, remind kids to be careful or simply replace it with something safer.
Dress children in bright colours, give them glow sticks or flashlights, and add reflective tape or bike lights for extra visibility. Tell them to stay in well-lit areas and always cross at crosswalks. Don’t forget to look both ways before crossing.
Inspect all candy before letting kids gorge on Halloween goodies. Identify any choking hazards, beware of food allergies, and toss anything that looks repackaged or suspicious.
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