Safety Tips for a Safe Halloween
Fire Services Offers Tips & Tricks for Trick-or-Treaters
Medicine Hat – Halloween is a highly anticipated night for children, but can also be one of the most dangerous.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, on average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to any other day of the year, and more than 70 percent of accidents occur away from an intersection or crosswalk.
“These are scary statistics, but by taking a few simple precautions, you can ensure children of all ages will have a safe and fun-filled Halloween,” said Curtis Noble, Fire Prevention Officer with the City of Medicine Hat.
Here are a few safety tips to help keep trick-or-treaters safe on Halloween:
- Make sure you can see and be seen. Add reflective tape to costumes and goodie bags, bring flashlights and glow sticks.
- Stay on the sidewalk and off the road when going from house to house. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and as far to the side as possible.
- Cross at street corners using traffic signals or use well-lit, marked crosswalks and never cross the road between parked cars.
- Don’t assume the right-of-way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters.
- Children under 10 should trick-or-treat with an adult.
“Halloween can be one of the busiest days of the year for first responders,” added Noble. “Following these basic safety precautions can help prevent injuries and save lives.”
Please dial 9-1-1 for the help of your local fire fighters in case of a fire or emergency.
Medicine Hat Fire Services and the City of Medicine Hat wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween.
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