RCMP: Plan ahead for a safe Halloween

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Plan ahead for a safe Halloween

The countdown to Halloween is on but before you bust out the costumes and hit the streets to trick-or-treat, plan ahead to ensure everyone is prepared to celebrate safely.

We all have a role to play in keeping everyone safe. Whether you’re planning to take the kids trick-or-treating, hanging out at home or heading to a small gathering, there are a few simple tips that can help keep everyone safe.

Parents/Guardians:

  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Plan ahead to make sure your child’s costume is visible in the dark. Bright colours, flashlights and reflective tape are good options to help someone stand out against the dark night.
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​If your child is planning to wear a mask around their eyes, test it out to make sure they can see in all directions. If possible, use face paint instead.
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​If your child will be trick-or-treating without an adult, work with them to create a defined route and a curfew. When kids have their route planned ahead of time, it can help protect them from getting lost.
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​If your child is going trick-or-treating without an adult, make sure they have a buddy to go with.
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Do a traffic safety refresher before the kids head out. With the excitement of Halloween, it is easy to forget simple things like looking both ways before crossing the street.

Motorists:

  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Avoid driving in residential areas if possible.
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​If you must drive in residential areas, plan extra time to get to your destination and drive very slowly.
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Keep your eyes peeled for trick-or-treaters who may be wearing dark clothing. With the excitement of Halloween, they may dart out in front of your vehicle and you may need to stop quickly.
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​As always, wear a seat belt, drive sober and stay focussed on the road ahead.

Nova Scotia RCMP will be sharing Halloween safety tips using the hashtag #SafeHalloween2020 at https://www.facebook.com/rcmpns/) or https://twitter.com/RCMPNS. Have fun and stay safe.

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