Vancouver – BC Children’s Hospital has some helpful reminders for parents, children and drivers to keep spooky parties and neighbourhood trick-or-treating enjoyable and safe for all.
Stay together – A great way to monitor and keep your children safe is to ensure they are accompanied by older companions or adults. Hold young hands while walking in the dark and keep little ones safe from obstacles and more boisterous trick-or-treaters. Know where older children will be trick-or-treating and ensure they have a charged phone with them.
Keep it bright – The brighter the costume the better. Go for reflective tape, buttons, and lights. When your child is wearing bright colours, it is easier for drivers to see them on curbs and when they are crossing the streets. Also do not forget to carry a flashlight.
See hazards – Using masks can make it difficult to see cars and other hazards. Be creative with face paint and allow children to see clearly.
Stay on the path – It’s dark out there and it’s safer to stay on the sidewalk. Go down one side of the road, then cross and do the other side. Let someone at home know the route you plan to take. By keeping on the path, you can keep safe and you’re still part of the fun and the action.
Check ALL treats – ALL treats are to be checked before eaten. Look for unsealed or broken wrappers, unwrapped candies and check all home packaged candy. When the night draws to a close, and the candy haul is brought home, it is time to carefully check the treats. The safest way to combat attempts at mischief or pranks with candy is to thoroughly check them all at home.
For drivers - Be aware there will be an increase in children on the streets and sidewalks on Halloween night so slow down, drive safely and, as always, do not drink and drive.
Dr. Ash Singhal, pediatric neurosurgeon and Director of Pediatric Trauma Program at BC Children’s Hospital, with a special message for drivers:
“Halloween should be safe and fun for everyone. If you’re going to drink, use a designated broomstick. If you’re going to drive, don’t drink. And slow down – all those excited little ghosts and jedis and princesses need to get home safely.”
Lisa Romein, RN, Manager Trauma Program, BC Children’s Hospital:
“Practice active safety by checking both ways before crossing the street, making eye contact with drivers, being aware of other trick-or-treaters around you and checking your treats.”
BC Children’s Hospital is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), a specialist in prevention. PHSA is committed to sharing expertise and knowledge to promote health and prevent illness and injury, manage chronic conditions, and lessen the burden of disease in high risk populations.
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