Trick-or-treaters will be taking over streets tonight prompting local RCMP to offer some Halloween Safety reminders.
Trick Or Treat, Give Me Something Good To Eat…
- Ensure costumes have a perfectly frightful fit. Make sure the outfit length does not pose a tripping hazard.
- Costumes should be bright and reflective so motorists can easily see children.
- Wearing a mask can reduce vision; opt for makeup instead.
- Carry a flashlight to help see where you are going, and a cell phone for emergencies.
- Children should be accompanied by a parent, adult family member, an older sibling or trusted family friend. If children are mature enough to go out on their own, ensure they are in groups of at least three.
- If children are going out without an adult, confirm their “loot” route beforehand.
- Remind children not to enter a house nor vehicle of someone they do not know.
- Only go to homes with the porch light on.
- Children should be well fed prior to “trick or treating” to reduce the temptation of eating collected candy before it can be checked by an adult.
- Demonstrate to your children by using the sidewalk and crossing streets at corners or crosswalks. Remind them to look both ways before crossing a street.
- Remind children not to run out between parked cars.
- Avoid alleys, dark parking areas, or vacant lots.
My Other Car Is A Broom…
Motorists play a large part in our Trick or Treater’s safety
- Drive slowly through residential areas and watch for children that may be using cross walks or on the road
- Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
- Watch for children darting out from houses and cars.
- When approaching intersections, be extra diligent in coming to full and complete stops; proceeding slowly thereafter.
- Put down your mobile device. Avoid distractions by waiting until you have parked to call, text, or surf.
- Do not drink and Drive.
Fangtastic Haunt Owners…
Tips for Treat Givers
- Keep a clear path from the road/sidewalk to your front door. Remove any items that may pose a tripping hazard.
- Leave the porch lights on.
- Having Jack-o-Lanterns? Consider lighting them with battery-powered lights instead of candles. If you choose to use candles, ensure the pumpkins are on a sturdy surface away from walkways, doorsteps, and curtains. Candles should be supervised by an adult at all times.
- Pets should be kept inside and away from trick or treaters.
- Deter vandalism by parking your vehicle(s) in a locked garage (when possible) and putting garbage away.
- Report any suspicious activities to the RCMP.
The Grande Prairie RCMP is wishing everyone a safe and “Boo”tiful night.