Having a Safer Halloween

A pumpkin is seen along the route as people take part in a procession up the hill of Tlachtga as part of the Flame of Samhain festival, in Athboy, Ireland, October 31, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Thunder Bay – LIVING – As time goes along, under COVID-19 many traditions have changed. This year many of the usual indoor Halloween gatherings are going to be smaller again.

However children are going to want to go trick or treating.

The Ontario Provincial Police offer some safety tips.

Halloween can be a time of both excitement and potential danger. Help keep everyone safe by following these safety tips:

•Carry a flashlight and select a costume with bright colours and reflective material to increase visibility to drivers

•Use makeup instead of masks. Masks can reduce one’s ability to see obstacles, vehicles and other people

•Avoid baggy, long and oversized costumes that can be a tripping hazard

•Walk, don’t run and remember to stop, look and listen before crossing the street

•Never criss-cross the street. Cross at crosswalks or intersections. Call on one side of the street, then the other

•Never trick or treat alone, go in a group or with an adult

•If trick or treating with friends tell your parents/guardians your route and when you will be home

•Stay in familiar neighbourhoods and only go to homes that are well lit and that are participating in Halloween

•Never go inside a house to get your treat

•Always have your treats checked by an adult before eating them

Motorists are reminded to drive with caution and be on the lookout for trick or treaters throughout the afternoon and evening.

Following the above safety tips and using common sense will allow you to have a safe and fun Halloween!

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