Caledon fire department asks for safety on Halloween

It’s a most loved season for every one of the fiends and trolls, Paw Patrol characters, Disney Princesses, or whatever secret identity your child chooses to spends Halloween night as.

And keeping in mind that the kids will be laser-focused on candy collection, members from Caledon’s fire department want to remind residents, especially parents and guardians of the little ones, to focus on their safety and security.

Here are five hints from Caledon’s fire department for trickor-treating families this Wednesday night.

1) Stay visible — bring flashlights, glow sticks and reflective goodie bags, and add reflective tape to costumes.

2) Stay on the sidewalk and off the road when going house to house. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and as far to the side as possible.

3) Cross at street corners utilizing traffic signals or use well-lit, stamped crosswalks, and never cross the street between parked cars.

4) Don’t accept the right-of-way. Drivers may experience difficulty seeing trickor-treaters.

5) Children under age 12 ought to be with an adult when trick-or-treating and crossing streets.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, on average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared with any other day of the year, and more than 70 percent of accidents happen far from a convergence or crosswalk.

“These are scary statistics, yet by taking a couple of basic precautions, you can guarantee ghosts and goblins of any age have a safe and fun-filled Halloween,” said International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4686 president Darryl Thompson. “Halloween is one of the busiest days of the year for firefighters. Following these basic safety precautions can help prevent injuries and save lives.”

Please call 911 for the help of your local firefighters in the case of a fire or emergency.


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