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What can I do to keep kids safe on Hallowe'en

As dusk falls upon our neighbour streets on Halloween night, there are a numbers of steps we as parents can take to ensure for the safety of the many ghouls and goblins roaming the streets.
  • Ensure that your child’s costume fits well to minimize the risk of tripping and falling.
  • Provide your child with a light weight flashlight to carry while walking.
  • Remove any tripping hazards from your porches, walkways, driveways and lawns.
  • Keep your external property well lit.
  • Instruct your children to walk between houses and not to run.
  • Tell your children to only visit well-lit homes and to stay within a group.
  • Add reflective tape on costumes so they are easy to spot by drivers.
  • Avoid open flames such as candles and jack-o-lanterns in front of doorways and walkways where they may come into contact with children’s flammable costumes.
  • Keep your dogs indoors and away from trick-or-treaters.
Remember that you are responsible for keeping your property same for visiting trick-or-treaters.  Accidents do happen but following some basic safety tips can help you avoid starting a lawsuit or being served with one for injuries and damages.
 
Anandi Naipaul
Anandi Naipaul
P: 905.572.5820
anaipaul@rossmcbride.com