Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

WINNIPEG - As Manitobans build candy slides and chutes to get ready for Saturday, the Winnipeg Police Service is sharing a few other ways in which families can stay safe while going door to door. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, trick-or-treating will look and feel a little different, but priority number one as the kids have fun is reducing risk - and the department outlines several areas to look out for.

COVID-19 Safety:

- Click here for the latest updates from the province

- Avoid going indoors

- Wash or sanitize your hands as often as you can

- Have fun with masking up - Make it a part of your costume

- If anyone in the household isn’t feeling well, they should stay home.

- Stay in smaller groups with adult accompaniment

- If you meet another group, stay 2 metres apart


Costume Safety:

- 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.


Walking Safely:

- 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 their 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

TOPICS:   Winnipeg News

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