Safety Tips for Halloween 2018
– Prepare a costume that is easy to walk and be seen in. It is best to wear a non-flammable material.
– Make sure a mask of a costume’s does not restrict a child’s vision so they can get around safely.
– Make sure the eyeholes on masks are large enough to see through or use face paint as an alternative. If a child does wear a mask, instruct him/her to take it off before crossing the street.
-Add reflective tape to costumes and carry a flashlight if possible.
-Plan a route ahead of time with children, picking streets that are well-lit and that they know well.
-Children should be accompanied by a parent, older sibling or group.
-Travel in a group and hold on to treat bags tightly.
-Only stop at houses with well-lit porches and travel in a familiar neighborhood.
-Cross the street only at corners. Never cross between parked cars or the middle of the block.
-Walk on well-lit streets and stay on the sidewalk.
-If there is no sidewalk, stay as far left off the roadway as possible and walk facing traffic.
-Watch out for candles in pumpkins that are a fire hazard.
-Never go into the home of a stranger, even if invited inside for a treat.
After Trick or Treating
-Parents should sort and check treats in a well-lit area before eating.
-Throw away candy or food that is not wrapped and sealed by a candy or food company. Carefully check all wrappers for signs of tampering.
-Always wash and cut open fruit before taking a bite.
-If any harmful items are found, notify Police immediately.
-Drivers are also encouraged to practice additional caution because of high pedestrian traffic this evening.
-Ensure your lights are on and working properly on your vehicle.
**South Simcoe Police Service is committed to public safety and would encourage everyone to be responsible and think about safety during this spookiest of holidays. Have a safe and fun Halloween!**