Halloween safety tips from Toronto’s paramedics and firefighters

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LED jack-o-lanters are safer than candlelit versions.

Toronto Paramedic Services and Toronto Fire Services 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 Saturday.

Avoid slips, trips and falls

  • Check the costume’s size to ensure a snug fit, with the costume no longer than ankle length.
  • Consider makeup instead of a mask for a child. Masks can restrict vision and make it difficult to see approaching traffic.
  • Turn on your porch light and clear walkways of clutter.

Prevent fires

  • Keep candles, matches and lighters away from children.
  • Keep lit pumpkins away from drapes, decorations or other flammable objects.
  • Consider lighting your pumpkin with an LED light instead of a candle flame.

Be visible

  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Attach a strip of reflective tape to your child’s costume. 
  • Wear light-coloured clothing instead of primarily dark colours.

Plan ahead to stay warm and dry

  • Send your child out in layers of clothing – an extra layer under the costume will make a difference if a child is outside for an extended period.
  • Place a hat and mitts in the bottom of your child’s treat bag in case they are needed.

Follow basic safety rules

  • Supervise small children when they are crossing a road.
  • Wait for cars to come to a complete stop before starting to walk across the street at a stop sign, crosswalk or traffic light.
  • Plan a meeting spot in advance in case friends/family members who are out together become separated.
  • Check treats for signs of tampering, or for candy that appears likely to be a potential choking hazard for your child.
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