Island RCMP have offered some safety tips to ensure everyone enjoys the fun and festivities of Halloween.
Sgt. Andrew Blackadar says adults should remind their children to play safe on Halloween and go over a few simple safety tips before all the excitement and sugar kicks in.
“Not only children need to be reminded though, young adults with new driver’s permits as well as seasoned motorists have to drive with care,” he said. “It gets dark early and the kids are excited to make the rounds for their treats, so we’d like to offer a few suggestions to pass on to everyone planning to be out and about on the 31st.”
Blackadar asked that the public keep the following useful tips in mind before heading out for Halloween festivities:
Driving tips for motorists
- Reduce your speed;
- Approach intersections with caution;
- Limit distractions in your vehicle in case you need to react quickly;
- If possible, take an alternative route instead of driving through subdivisions full of trick-or-treaters.
Halloween safety tips for children and teens
- Start trick or treating early and finish early;
- Do not go trick or treating alone; go with an adult, older brother or sister or responsible friend;
- Let your parents know where you are trick or treating and for how long;
- Wear a watch so you can keep track of time and respect your curfew;
- Do not go to houses that have their lights out;
- Always stay in your neighbourhood and know where there is a safe house;
- Use the sidewalk, do not run across lawns or gardens;
- Respect people’s property.
- Wear a light coloured or bright costume, reflective tape or arm bands to increase visibility;
- Wear a costume that is properly fitted to reduce the chance of tripping on it;
- Make sure vision is not restricted. It’s best to wear makeup to complete a costume, however if you need to wear a mask make sure the openings for your eyes are big enough to ensure good peripheral vision.
More Halloween and safety tips can be found on the RCMP website at: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pe