WINNIPEG - As many Manitobans get out their costumes and candy, and some pull their candy slides and chutes out of the garage, the Winnipeg Police Service is sharing guidance on how to stay safe while going door to door. Officials say priority number one as the kids have fun is still reducing risk. Here are a few areas to look out for.
- Don’t wear floppy hats or wigs that could slip over your eyes
- Wear warm, bright, reflective clothing and comfortable shoes
- Try face paint instead of costume masks that can obstruct vision
- Avoid long or baggy costumes, or material around your legs and feet, to avoid tripping
- Avoid toy weapons, but, if it’s important for the costume, opt for foamy or flexible swords instead of rigid ones.
- Parents and guardians should come up with what route to take beforehand
- Stay on sidewalks
- Stay within the area you know
- Bring flashlights and keep alert
- If you’re driving, slow down and watch for children
- If a home doesn’t have its outside lights on, avoid it
General Safety Tips:
- Never get into a stranger’s car
- The only reason to talk to strangers is to ask for a treat
- If you’re giving candy out, keep the lights on for your driveway and/or porch
- Never enter someone’s home - Stay on the sidewalk or porch when asking for treats
- Encourage your children to trust their instincts. They should also know their home phone number in case they need it.
- Inspect all candy, fruit, and other treats before it’s eaten, throwing out anything that’s suspicious, unsafe, or isn’t wrapped properly. Contact police (Non-emergency: 204-986-6222) if you have questions about any treats that are suspicious. If in doubt, throw it out
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- If you meet another group, stay 2 metres apart
- Wash or sanitize your hands as often as you can
- Stay in smaller groups with adult accompaniment
- If anyone in the household isn’t feeling well, they should stay home.
- You can find more information on the province's website on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while collecting and giving out candy.