Halloween safety tips from the City of Toronto

TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2016 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto's paramedics and firefighters remind everyone to stay safe and have fun this Halloween. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to review the following safety tips before trick-or-treat activities on Monday.

Road safety

  • Fewer daylight hours means reduced visibility so motorists need to be extra careful and watch for pedestrians
  • Avoid any distractions like eating or using the phone while driving
  • Pedestrians should make eye contact with drivers before stepping off the curb to ensure the driver sees them
  • Wait for vehicles to stop before crossing in front of them
  • Always cross at traffic signals, crosswalks and stop signs on busy roads

Avoid slips, trips and falls

  • Check the costume size to ensure a snug fit, the costume should be no longer than ankle length
  • Consider makeup instead of a mask for children; masks can restrict vision and make it difficult to see approaching traffic
  • Turn on porch lights and clear walkways of leaves and clutter.

Prevent fires

  • Keep candles, matches and lighters away from children
  • Keep lit pumpkins away from drapes, decorations or other flammable objects
  • Consider using an LED light instead of a candle flame to light pumpkins

Be visible

  • Carry a flashlight
  • Attach reflective tape or apply reflective spray to children's costumes
  • Wear light-coloured clothing instead of primarily dark colours

Plan ahead to stay warm and dry

  • Dress in layers – an extra layer under the costume will make a difference if a child is outside for an extended period
  • Carry a hat and mitts in case they are needed

Follow basic safety rules

  • Designate a meeting spot for trick-or-treating groups in case they get separated
  • Check all treats for signs of tampering and discard anything suspicious
  • Be cautious of candy that may be a choking hazard for young children

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

SOURCE City of Toronto

For further information: Media contacts: Kim McKinnon, Toronto Paramedic Services, 416-392-2255, kmckinn2@toronto.ca; Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416-338-0763

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