With the arrival of witches, ghosts and superheroes in neighborhoods across Canada, the Canadian Red Cross offers parent’s safety tips to help them prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable party. Halloween must be filled with surprise and fun and here are some common-sense practices to make activities safer and fun. You can click to learn more here now.
- The costumes must be pale in color, flame retardant and have reflective tape to better see the children at night. (Do not forget to put reflective tape on bicycles, skateboards and brooms)
- The costumes should be short enough to avoid tripping children.
- Remind children to stay away from flames and candles. (The costumes can be very flammable.)
- Use makeup instead of masks or things that will cover the eyes.
- Remind children to walk, slide and poke on sidewalks, not on the street.
Explain to children to visit one side of the street first and then the other, and it is best to cross the street only at intersections and crosswalks.
- Remind the children to look on both sides of the street before crossing in case there are cars, trucks or brooms flying low.
- Children should move in groups of four or five. Young children should be accompanied by an adult.
- Visit the houses where the light from the entrance is lit.
Make sure children know that they have to accept treats at the door and that they should not get into cars or enter homes or apartments of strangers.
Remind the children to wait for an adult at home to check treats and treats before eating. Sweets should not be eaten if the packaging is already open. Small pieces of hard candy can smother young children.
Make sure you and your children know where Parent Secours homes are in your neighborhood.
Set boundaries with your children. Explain to them the importance of respecting these boundaries and arriving home on time.
This year, in addition to distributing candy for Halloween, take the opportunity to denounce bullying. Print this document and give it to the children who will knock on your door.
Fun evening or evening to avoid?
Whatever your point of view on Halloween, security is the order of the day when little monsters invade the streets. Here are some tips so that the Fear of Fear does not end with an auto insurance claim or home insurance claim!
Decorate with the safety of small visitors in mind
Did you know that if a visitor gets hurt or suffers property damage for which you are liable, you may have to pay significant amounts of compensation to that person?
When you install your Halloween decorations:
- If you plan to light up a pumpkin, consider getting candles instead of using real candles. The effect will be just as beautiful and you will eliminate the risk of fire or injury!
- Avoid cluttering the passage
- Avoid installing ropes or ribbons at ground level
- Make sure the decorations are securely fixed and they are wind and rain proof
- Pass the extension cords away from the places of passage: you can for example make them go along the house.