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#childsafety | Grande Prairie RCMP remind public about Halloween safety tips | #parenting | #parenting | #kids


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Grande Prairie RCMP are reminding children and adults about a few Halloween safety tips.

Trick or Treat…

  • Ensure costumes have a perfectly frightful fit. Make sure the length does not pose a tripping hazard. Wear bright costumes, reflective tape, glow sticks or carry a flashlight.
  • Walk on the sidewalk when possible, visiting houses on one side of the street at a time.
  • Choose costumes that allow a non medical mask to be worn underneath. Make sure you can see and breath comfortably.
  • Ideally, children should be accompanied by a parent, adult family member, an older sibling or trusted family friend.
  • Children should not enter a house nor a vehicle of someone they do not know.
  • Avoid alleys, dark parking areas, or vacant lots
  • Maintain social distancing of 2 meters, try and stay in your own neighbourhood and avoid touching doorbells or knocking on doors by yelling “trick or treat!”
  • Don’t go trick or treating if feeling ill.

Motorists play a large part in our Trick or Treater’s Safety

  • Drive slowly through residential areas and watch for children that may be on the road or using cross walks.
  • Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
  • Watch for children darting out from houses and cars
  • When approaching intersections, be extra diligent in coming to full and complete stops; proceeding slowly thereafter.

Tips for Treat Givers

  • Don’t hand out candy if feeling ill or isolating.
  • Wear a non medical mask that fully covers your nose and mouth
  • Use tongs to hand out pre-packaged candy and find creative ways to maintain distance from trick or treaters.
  • Keep a clear path from the road/sidewalk to your front door. Remove any items that may pose a tripping hazard.
  • Leave the porch lights on.
  • Pets should be kept inside away from trick or treaters.
  • Report any suspicious activities to the RCMP.

More information on Halloween during COVID-19 can be found at www.Alberta.ca/Halloween.

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