Trick-or-treaters can stay safe on Halloween: RCMP

Nunavut RCMP releases safety tips for Halloween

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Planning to head out tonight for Halloween? The “V” Division RCMP has some tips to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters:

• Wear makeup instead of a mask. This will allow you to see and be aware of everything going on around you while walking house to house;

• Wear reflective clothing;

• Make sure your costume does not drag on the ground so you don’t trip;

• Wear comfortable shoes, even if they don’t go with your costume;

• Carry flexible props, such as magic wands, swords;

• Wear a watch you can read in the dark;

• Carry a flashlight so you can see where you are going;

• Walk, don’t run;

• Stay in familiar neighborhoods;

• Stay on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic;

• Do not cut across yards or driveways;

• Obey traffic signals and give traffic the right of way;

• Only approach houses that have the outside lights turned on;

• Stay away from pets you don’t know;

• Trick-or-treat in groups;

• Never enter a stranger’s home or vehicle for a treat;

Here are some additional tips for parents:

• Ensure that your child eats dinner before setting out;

• Discuss with your children what they should do to call home in case of emergency;

• Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult. If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark;

• If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame retardant material;

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

• 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 suspect;

• Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, dog leashes, ice/snow and clutter that can trip the young ones;

• Pets get frightened on Halloween, so put them inside to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater;

• Battery powered Jack-O-Lantern candles are preferable to a real flame; and,

• Place pumpkins and decorations out of reach of children.

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