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October 30, 2007
Halloween safety tips
Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for children of all ages. Toronto Emergency Medical Services encourages everyone to be safe this Halloween, and to take precautionary measures to reduce the risk of traffic accidents and injuries during trick-or-treating.

The following 10 safety tips will help keep children and drivers safe:

  • Drivers should turn their headlights on early and make sure to drive slowly and safely. Drivers consuming alcohol at Halloween parties should use a designated driver or taxi to return home.
  • Homes welcoming trick-or-treaters should leave on exterior lights and make sure the path to the door is clear
  • Trick-or-treaters should wear bright costumes with reflective material so drivers can see them
  • Children should carry flashlights so they can see trip hazards
  • Young children should always be with an adult while they trick-or-treat; older children trick-or-treating unsupervised should review their route with an adult first
  • Trick-or-treaters should only cross the road at a light or stop sign
  • Remind children to watch for cars pulling out of driveways and alleys
  • Children should show all their treats to a parent or other responsible adult before eating any candy
  • Remember that candies can pose a choking hazard. Toronto EMS encourages everyone to brush up on their First Aid and CPR skills.
  • Children should know their home number and address, and be prepared to call 9-1-1 if an emergency occurs. Carrying a cell phone while trick-or-treating is a good idea.

A full complement of Toronto EMS paramedics will be on duty in ambulances throughout Toronto on October 31. Members of the public should call 9-1-1 if they need help.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Lyla Miller, Toronto EMS, 416-392-2255, 416-708-8125 (cell),



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