Tips from the OPP to keep you safe this Halloween

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind parents, guardians and children that Halloween can be a time of both excitement and potential danger. To help keep everyone safe, they are asking that everybody abide by the following safety tips for Halloween on October 31–

  • Carry a flashlight and choose a costume with bright colours and reflective material to increase visibility among drivers
  • Use makeup instead of masks as a mask can reduce a person’s ability to see obstacles, vehicles and other trick-or-treaters
  • Avoid long and over-sized costumes that can be a tripping hazard
  • Walk — don’t run and remember to always stop, look and listen before crossing the street
  • Never jaywalk and only use crosswalks or intersections
  • Never trick-or-treat alone and always go in a group or with an adult
  • If trick-or-treating with friends, tell your parents or guardian your route and when you will be home
  • Stay in familiar neighbourhoods and only go to homes that are well lit and taking part in Halloween
  • Never go inside a house to get your treat
  • Always have your treats checked by an adult before eating them
  • For extra safety, organize a Halloween party for children in your neighbourhood

The OPP is also asking motorists to drive with caution and be on the lookout for trick-or-treaters throughout the afternoon and evening.

Following the safety tips mentioned and using common sense will allow everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween.

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