PSN file photo: Oversized goblin
Elgin County, ON: Most parents with younger children are well aware that
Halloween is almost upon us. Others will be quickly reminded as the little ghosts,
goblins and super heroes start appearing on the streets and at their doors. In any
case, whether out with your child, at home, or on the road driving Elgin County,
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to pass along some safety tips to help
keep everyone safe this Halloween.
TIPS FOR CHILDREN
See and be seen! Wear bright clothing, wear reflective tape and take a flashlight
or glow sticks to help light you up and light your way.
Walk, don't run! Plan your route in neighbourhoods you know and don't approach homes
that are in darkness. Use sidewalks; don't cut across yards or driveways; and walk,
single file, facing traffic at the edge of the roadway when sidewalks aren't available.
Don't eat on the go! Wait until you get home and have a look at your treats with
your parents before you start to eat them.
TIPS FOR PARENTS
Feed your children their favourite meal that night and give them seconds! Stuffed
children won't be as tempted to dig into their treats and eat them before they get
home. Although tampering is rare, an inspection with your assistance is wise.
Do you know where your children are? Insist older children provide a route and timeline
with an agreed upon finish time. A cell phone is an added bonus.
If you go along they'll probably share some candy with you! Very young children
should always be accompanied by an adult. Aunts, uncles, grandparents or trustworthy
friends can step in if you can't make it.
TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS
Trust me, your dog won't like trick or treaters! Even normally friendly dogs can
get a little testy with unidentified goblins taking things away from their house.
Best to keep them away from the door or other paths the children might use.
Turn the lights on! Although lights seem to ruin the ambiance on such a ghoulish
night, a little light can go a long way to keep children from tumbling off the front
porch or having other potentially dangerous mishaps on your property. It also identifies
your house as one that has treats to give to little trick or treaters.
Tidy up just a little! Car ramps, flower pots, hoses, wheel rims, lawn mowers and
the like represent a hazard to children as they move from home to home. Take a few
minutes to remove potential hazards.
If you insist on using candles instead of bulbs, don't forget the fire hazard and
especially remember to keep them distant from the children.
TIPS FOR DRIVERS
Slow down and watch for children! Drive like you are going through a community safety
zone in front of a school. A child could dart out at any time.
If you drink, don't drive! Let's keep everyone safe out there. If
you are drinking, then just stay home. Elgin County O.P.P. will be running RIDE
checks to apprehend those who don't get the message.
OPP Contact Information