The Winnipeg Police Service and the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service has sent out some general safety tips to make Halloween a safe and enjoyable occasion for everyone:
* Try to trick-or-treat when it is still light outside.
* Wear a bright, reflective costume made of flame-resistant material.
* Carry a flashlight, and use glow sticks, or reflective tape as part of your costume. Encourage children to stay away from open flames.
* Ensure children know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
* Why not use make-up instead of a mask? Masks can shift and obscure vision.
* To prevent falls, ensure costumes fit well and aren’t too long and don’t have too much loose material.
* Have a responsible adult go trick-or-treating with you.
* If someone older cannot go with you, trick-or-treat as a group.
* Plan your trick-or-treat route ahead of time. Pick well-lit streets.
* Stay on sidewalks, look left, right and left again to be sure no cars are approaching before crossing the street. Always cross the street at corners and crosswalks; never cross between parked cars or in the middle of the block.
* If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
* Never enter the home of a stranger.
* Discuss with your children the route they will be travelling and what time they are required to return home.
* Only eat treats that have been examined by your parents.
* Choking occurs most frequently among children under two years of age, but can happen at any age. Eating while playing, running, jumping, or talking increases the likelihood of choking.
* ATTENTION DRIVERS! Children will be very excited and their actions could be sudden and unpredictable. Exercise caution and Just Slow Down.
Your home for Halloween:
* Make sure your home is well lit, your yard clear and safe, and pets are secured so no harm comes to them or the children.
* Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
* It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a Jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are supervised when candles are lit.
* Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
* Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
* Children should not use knives or other sharp instruments to carve pumpkins.
Safe and Happy Halloween Winnipeg!