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Friday, October 12, 2007

Safety tip - October 2007 - Safety Tip For Halloween

Safety Tip For Halloween

Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe while enjoying some Halloween fun.

·         Small children should never carve pumpkins. Instead, let your child draw a face on the pumpkin.

·         Make your home safe for trick-or-treaters. Remove all objects around the outside of your house that could cause children to trip or fall. Turn your outside light on so children will know they can visit your home.

·         Keep candles, jack-o-lanterns, matches and lighters in a place that children cannot reach.

·         Halloween candles with multiple wicks close to one another are hazardous and should not be used. When lit they can produce a single high flame or several large flames close together resulting in intense heat and the danger of igniting nearby materials such as curtains or window sills.

·         Keep pets inside and away from trick-or-treaters and lit candles, especially if they are easily frightened or become over-excited in the presence of strangers.

·         If using decorative lights indoors or outdoors, use lights certified by a recognized organization such as the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or the Underwriters' Laboratory of Canada (ULC or C-UL). Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Discard damaged sets. Do not overload extension cords.

·         Accompany your children each year until the children are old enough to go by themselves. Still, safety-minded parents can follow along at a distance to keep an eye on the children.

Other Tips:

·         Tell your children not to eat any goodies until you see them. Make sure that your child eats dinner before they set out, so they'll be less tempted to eat their goodies along the way.

·         Children should stay in well-lit areas and should only visit homes that have their outside lights turned on. Children should never go inside homes or cars.

·         Children should walk, not run, from house to house and stay on the sidewalk or at the side of the road facing traffic, cross the road at the corner and look both ways before crossing the road.

This tip has been brought to you by Health Canada and Public Safety Canada.


Feel free to share this information with family and friends. To learn more about how to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies, visit www.GetPrepared.ca .


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