SUMMERSIDE — Island RCMP want everyone to enjoy the fun and Halloween festivities and, key to that, they say, is awareness of some simple of safety tips.
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These youngsters, Sophie Oakley (left), Matthew Howlett, Thomas Gallant, Quinn Praught and Chloe Schurman, from Precious Lambs Day Care in Summerside, were decked out in their costumes early, ready to head out trick or treating this Halloween. Thousands of youngsters will be out across the Island Thursday night, going door-to-door dressed in costume in the hope of garnering sugary treats, which has prompted RCMP to issue some safety tips to the public.
“Adults should remind their children to play safe on Halloween and go over a few simple safety tips before all the excitement and sugar kicks in. Not only children need to be reminded, though, young adults with new driver’s permits, as well as seasoned motorists, have to drive with care,” said Sgt. Andrew Blackadar.
“It gets dark early and the kids are excited to make the rounds for their treats, so we’d like to offer a few suggestions to pass on to everyone planning to be out and about on the 31st.”
Motorists are being asked to keep the following tips in mind:
- Reduce your speed;
- Approach intersections with caution;
- Limit distractions in your vehicle in case you need to react quickly; and
- If possible, take an alternative route instead of driving through subdivisions full of trick-or-treaters.
Here are some tips for children and teens:
- Start trick or treating early and finish early;
- Do not go trick or treating alone; go with an adult, older brother or sister or responsible friend;
- Let your parents know where you are trick or treating and for how long;
- Wear a watch so you can keep track of time and respect your curfew;
- Do not go to houses that have their lights out;
- Always stay in your neighbourhood and know where there is a safe house;
- Use the sidewalk, do not run across lawns or gardens; and
- Respect people’s property.
When it comes to costumes, Island RCMP offer the following tips:
- Wear a light-coloured or bright costume, reflective tape or armbands to increase your visibility;
- Wear a costume that is properly fitted to reduce the chance of tripping on it; and
- Make sure your vision is not restricted. It’s best to wear makeup to complete your costume however if you need to wear a mask make sure the openings for your eyes are big enough to ensure good peripheral vision.
More Halloween and safety tips can be found at http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pe