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.
- 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.
- 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.