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October 30, 2012
City of Toronto offers tips for a safe Halloween
Tomorrow night is Halloween. Parents and caregivers can review the following safety tips provided by Toronto paramedics to help make it a fun, safe experience - and prevent any need for an emergency medical response when children are trick-or-treating.

Before going out:
- Make sure children are dressed for the weather. Toddlers especially can suffer from the cold quickly if not properly dressed. Windy, chilly weather is anticipated for Wednesday evening.
- Make sure shoes fit properly and that costumes are not longer than the ankles (in order to avoid falls).
- Check on visibility through a mask, and consider makeup as an alternative to a mask.
- Trick-or-treaters should have a flashlight and wear a reflective costume or reflective tape so drivers can see them at dusk and in the dark.
- Remind children of some basic safety rules: Walk, don't run; stop and look both ways before crossing the street; and when crossing at a traffic light, wait until the light turns green and approaching vehicles stop before proceeding.
- Never get into a car with a stranger.
- Plan a meeting place in the area with your child in case you become separated in the excitement.
- Supervise children closely when you are carving a pumpkin.
- Turn on porch lights and clear walkways for visiting children.
- Residents should closely supervise their pets, which may get over-excited and territorial when ghosts and goblins arrive at the door.
- Make sure small children are accompanied by an adult and that older children travel at least in pairs, taking a route known to their parents and agreeing to a curfew time.

At the end of the night:
- Check candy for hazards including small candies that may cause toddlers to choke.
- Dispose of unwrapped or tampered candy.
- Look for candy that may cause an allergic reaction in your child or other family members, and dispose of it.
- Extinguish any burning candles.

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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