Tonight all manner of creatures will be in the streets looking for treats and for some tricks. And while Halloween is dedicated to the creepy and the scary, being safe is also important, especially for the city's youngest ghouls.
The City of Airdrie and the Airdrie Professional Firefighters Association have shared tips to stay safe tonight, including:
Use reflective tape or glow sticks on costumes for better visibility
Stick with friends or family while collecting treats
Wait until an adult checks treats before tasting
Cross at crosswalks – all intersections are considered crosswalks
Motorists, please drive slowly and watch out for kids on the road
Alberta RCMP is also reminding everyone to be safe on the roads and streets this Halloween. Mounties are reminding motorists that if one is going to consume alcohol or drugs, do not get behind the wheel.
"Make sure you have a safe place to stay or a designated driver to get home."
On Halloween, one should expect the unexpected and be extra cautious and aware of children who may be on sidewalks and streets trick-or-treating.
"If you’re going to be wearing a costume while driving, make sure that you remove your masks, eye patches, or anything else that might negatively impact your eyesight or cause you to become distracted."
Insp. Chris Romanchych of the Alberta RCMP Traffic Unit added that every year on Halloween, there is an increase in foot traffic.
“It’s important that everyone, drivers and pedestrians, are taking the proper precautions to ensure that we all have a safe and happy Halloween.”
Other safety tips by RCMP include tips for trick-or-treaters:
- Wear bright-coloured costumes and use reflective tape or glow sticks to be more visible to drivers.
- Use a flashlight and stay in well-lit areas.
- Wear make-up instead of a mask. Masks can impair your vision and hearing. If you wear a mask, remove it while walking from house to house and crossing streets.
- Always walk on sidewalks.
- Stay on one side of the street. Safely cross the street to the houses on the other side. Do not crisscross back and forth.
- Stay on the doorstep or sidewalk. Never go inside the home or car of someone you don’t know.
- Have your guardian check your treats before eating them.
- Be accompanied by a trusted adult.
- Travel in groups if you are unsupervised.
While safety tips for homeowners include:
- Keep porch lights or external security lights on.
- Keep doors clear and accessible and avoid decorations that are flammable or pose a tripping hazard.
- Don’t invite children inside your home.
- Only pass out commercially wrapped candy and snacks.
- Keep pets indoors as they may be easily scared by children in costumes.
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