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Halloween Safety Tips

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It’s important to keep all of our “trick-or- treaters” safe on Halloween. Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service offers tips on how to keep the little ones safe.

KLAS2012CrestOptionsBlackGold2.jpg“Halloween is an exciting time for children and adults but with the distraction of candy and costumes, safety rules can easily be forgotten.”

When most parents think of Halloween safety they typically remind their kids not to eat unwrapped treats, but the leading cause of Halloween injuries are falls. Unfortunately, children are four times more likely to be struck and killed by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year.

Using some of these safety tips and a bit of common sense can do a lot to prevent any tragedies from happening.

  • Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult
  • Remind your children of everyday safety such as not getting into cars they don’t know, not talking to strangers, looking both ways before crossing the street and crossing at stop walks, not between parked cars
  • Choose a costume that is bright, flame retardant and reflective. Use make-up instead of masks and ensure sure it’s not a tripping hazard
  • Attach a name tag and phone number somewhere on your child’s costume and have a plan in case you become separated
  • Have your children go to well-lit houses and stay on the porch – try to go out in the daylight if possible
  • For older children who go out on their own, have them go in groups, carry a cell phone and know contact numbers
  • Set a curfew and know their route before they go
  • Adults should inspect children’s candy and remove the choking hazards for younger children
  • Drive safely and slowly in residential areas; remember children are distracted!
  • Use pumpkin carving kits or have small children paint their pumpkin instead of cutting it out with sharp knives
  • Clear pathways, turn on outside lights and keep your pets indoors if you’re expecting trick-or-treaters

Make Halloween a fun, safe and happy time for your kids and they’ll carry on the tradition with their own families someday.  On Behalf of Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service, have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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