The Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police(OPP) want to remind the public that the night is quickly approaching when the streets will be filled with ghosts and goblins. The OPP would like to take this opportunity to share some simple safety precautions, to ensure a safe and happy Halloween.
For the home owners:
- Be sure to keep the path leading up to your door free of obstacles.
- Keep pets indoors on Halloween.
- Rather than candles in your pumpkin, consider safety glow sticks or battery operated lights.
- Don’t ask the children into your home, rather have them wait outside.
For the trick or treaters:
Bring a flash light or a glow stick and wear reflective clothing.
- Do not go inside houses.
- Only go to houses that are lit.
- Wearing light colored costumes will also increase your visibility.
- Make sure your vision is not restricted. Masks may require that the eye-holes be cut for the sake of good peripheral vision.
- If the costume requires the use of props, such as a plastic sword, make sure the sharp tip is cut or filed round.
- Stay on the sidewalks (If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left-hand side of the street facing traffic).
- Avoid jaywalking.
For the parents :
- Parents should know the route that their children plans to follow.
- For younger children, ensure a trusted adult or older sibling accompanies them.
- Teach your children to recognize places along his/her route where they can obtain help : a public place, friend’s house, store.
- Remind children that they must have their candy inspected by a guardian or parent prior to eating them.
- Drive a little slower and be aware that numerous children are out on the streets. These children will be full of excitement and possibly less aware of the traffic around them. Drivers, please take your time on October 31st.
The Grenville County OPP wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween!