Police Remind Trick-or-Treaters and Parents to Stay Safe

The St. Thomas Police will be out patrolling the streets of St. Thomas with extra personnel on Halloween night to ensure everyone has a safe night of trick-or-treating. Police ask that you practice simple safety tips to ensure your trick-or treating is done safely;

Safety Tips for Children Include:

• Go with a group of friends
• Approach only houses with porch lights on
• Stay in familiar neighbourhoods
• Carry a flashlight
• Walk, don’t run
• Stay on the sidewalks
• Obey traffic laws
• Don’t cut across yards, driveways, or use alleys
• If there is no sidewalk, walk on left side of road facing traffic
• Wear a watch that you can read in the dark
• Make sure costume doesn’t drag on the ground
• Wear proper fitting shoes
• Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house
• Wear clothing with reflective markings
• Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props
• Stay away from pets you are unfamiliar with

Tips for Parents:

• Children should be accompanied by an adult
• Children should carry cell phones to call home if trick-or-treating with friends
• If children go out on their own, they should know where to reach you and what time to be home
• Know where your child is going trick-or-treating
• Tell children to bring candy home to be inspected before eating
• If you have bought a costume, check to ensure it is flame-retardant material

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