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October 28, 2016
Halloween safety tips from the City of Toronto
The City of Toronto's paramedics and firefighters remind everyone to stay safe and have fun this Halloween. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to review the following safety tips before trick-or-treat activities on Monday.

Road safety
• Fewer daylight hours means reduced visibility so motorists need to be extra careful and watch for pedestrians
• Avoid any distractions like eating or using the phone while driving
• Pedestrians should make eye contact with drivers before stepping off the curb to ensure the driver sees them
• Wait for vehicles to stop before crossing in front of them
• Always cross at traffic signals, crosswalks and stop signs on busy roads

Avoid slips, trips and falls
• Check the costume size to ensure a snug fit, the costume should be no longer than ankle length
• Consider makeup instead of a mask for children; masks can restrict vision and make it difficult to see approaching traffic
• Turn on porch lights and clear walkways of leaves and clutter.

Prevent fires
• Keep candles, matches and lighters away from children
• Keep lit pumpkins away from drapes, decorations or other flammable objects
• Consider using an LED light instead of a candle flame to light pumpkins

Be visible
• Carry a flashlight
• Attach reflective tape or apply reflective spray to children's costumes
• Wear light-coloured clothing instead of primarily dark colours

Plan ahead to stay warm and dry
• Dress in layers – an extra layer under the costume will make a difference if a child is outside for an extended period
• Carry a hat and mitts in case they are needed

Follow basic safety rules
• Designate a meeting spot for trick-or-treating groups in case they get separated
• Check all treats for signs of tampering and discard anything suspicious
• Be cautious of candy that may be a choking hazard for young children

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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