Have a Safe and Happy Halloween

by Keith Castonguay, Director of Health, Safety and Environment

Trick-or-Treat! Are you ready to greet all of the little superheroes, ghosts and princesses as they come knocking on your door this Halloween? We all enjoy seeing the excitement on the children’s faces as they come in search of that special treat; however, we also have an important role as parents and neighbours to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable evening.

 

Keep in mind that most trick-or-treaters are in a rush, so remember to remove objects that could create hazards as they move about your property. If you decorate your house, please use battery candles in your jack-o-lantern, hang decorations in a safe manner and ensure extension cords and lighting are in good condition.

If your children will be trick-or-treating, make sure costumes fit properly to avoid tripping hazards and the potential of loose clothing coming in contact with a candle. Avoid using masks as these can slip and make it difficult to see – instead consider using face paint which can also be a lot of fun. It is always a good suggestion to use brightly coloured costumes or reflective tape to ensure motorists can see children as they near or cross roadways.

It is also advisable to go trick-or-treating with younger children or ensure they go with friends when they reach an appropriate age. When going with friends, it is important to know which routes they will be taking and remind them to stay in well-lit areas. Also remind your children not to eat treats until you’ve had the chance to inspect them to confirm that no tampering has taken place.

Following a few of these safety precautions can help ensure Halloween remains a fun and exciting time for everyone. For additional tips on Halloween safety, please visit Health Canada’s website: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/life-vie/halloween-eng.php

From all of us at Marine Atlantic, we hope you have a ghastly ghoul Halloween!