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Tips to keep kids safe on Halloween

10/31/2012 09:13 EDT | Updated 12/31/2012 05:12 EST
Trick-or-treaters are often so excited by the fun of Halloween that they forget to follow regular safety rules as they dash around the neighbourhoods.

Here are a few tips to help keep youngsters safe.

Children

- Never trick-or-treat alone. Always walk with an adult or a group of friends.

- Make sure you can be seen. Wear reflective, bright colour costumes, or fasten reflective tape to your costume or bag.

- Avoid masks that restrict your vision.

- Only visit well-lit houses.

- Don’t go into the house for your treats; always wait outside.

- Don’t eat any treats until an adult has inspected them.

- Carry a flashlight so you can see where you are going.

- Don’t criss-cross the street or run out from between parked cars. Always go down one side of the street, cross at the corner, and then go down the other side.

- Watch for cars pulling out of driveways and backing up.

- Watch for open flames from jack-o-lanterns and displays.

- Don’t trample through gardens or bushes. Always use pathways and sidewalks.

Motorists

- Halloween means there will be children on the streets. Drivers need to use extra caution. With the excitement of Halloween, children may forget simple pedestrian safety rules.

- Drive slowly in residential areas where children are more likely to be trick-or-treating. Reduce your speed and stay alert.

- Slow down and proceed with caution when entering and exiting driveways or backing up.

Homeowners

- Keep your home and doorway well lit. Clear sidewalks and pathways for safety.

- Avoid using open flames in any displays.

SOURCE: RCMP

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