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Halloween Safety Tips from the
Winnipeg Police Service and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

Let’s make Halloween all treats and no tricks this year! Here are some tips to ensure your Halloween is fun and safe.

Safety tips for trick-or-treaters:

  • Try to trick-or-treat when it is still light outside.
  • Wear a bright and reflective costume.
  • Carry a flashlight, and use glow sticks or reflective tape as part of your costume.
  • Encourage children to stay away from open flames.
  • Ensure children know how to stop, drop and roll if clothing catches fire.
  • Use make-up instead of a mask – masks can shift and obscure vision.
  • To prevent falls, ensure costumes fit well, aren't too long, and don't have too much loose material.
  • Have a responsible adult go trick-or-treating with youth.
  • Ensure young people trick-or-treat in a group, especially if an adult is not present.
  • Never enter a stranger’s home.
  • Trick-or-treaters should only eat treats that have been examined a parent.
  • When examining treats, parents should look for signs of tampering including unusual appearance or discolouration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Avoid homemade treats. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
  • Choking occurs most frequently among children under two years of age, but can happen at any age. Eating while playing, running, jumping, or talking increases the likelihood of choking.
  • Parents should discuss with children the route they will be travelling and what time they are required to return home.
  • Do not take short cuts, especially through alleys.
  • Plan trick-or-treat routes ahead of time and pick well-lit streets.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Stay on sidewalks, and look left, right and left again to be sure no cars are approaching before crossing the street. Always cross the street at corners and crosswalks; never cross between parked cars or in the middle of the block.
  • Attention Drivers: Children will be very excited and their actions may be sudden and unpredictable. Exercise caution and Just Slow Down.

Safety tips for homeowners:

  • Give out only commercially-wrapped candy.
  • Children should not use knives or other sharp instruments to carve pumpkins and should be accompanied with an adult during pumpkin-carving activities.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight, glow stick or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are supervised when candles are lit.
  • Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Make sure your home is well-lit, your yard clear and safe, and your pets are secured so no harm comes to them or trick-or-treaters.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • Police should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!


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