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October 28, 2011
Tips for a safe Halloween
The City of Toronto wants children to have a safe, fun Halloween this coming Monday. Toronto Fire Services is offering the following tips to assist parents in making it a safe occasion for all.

Before Halloween:
• Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags provides greater visibility.
• Secure children's emergency identification (name, address, phone number) inside Halloween attire or on a bracelet.

On Halloween:
• Keep jack-o-lanterns and hot electric lamps far away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children and pets will be standing or walking.
• Keep candles, matches and lighters out of the reach of children. If you use candles in jack-o-lanterns, try a tea light or short candle in a non-combustible holder. Place candlelit jack-o-lanterns on sturdy tables away from curtains. Never leave candles unattended.

When trick-or-treating:
• Accompany young children when they go out trick-or-treating.
• Carry a flashlight that has fresh batteries.
• Remind children of traffic safety rules such as crossing streets at corners - never from between parked cars.

Many more safety tips are available at

Fire Services notes that with the year-end holidays not too far off, now is a good time to install fresh batteries in home smoke detectors.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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