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Halloween Safety Tips

October 23, (Mississauga, ON) – St. John Ambulance in Mississauga, recognizes that because parents are busy preparing their excited children for Halloween night, but with the distraction of the candy and costumes,safety rules can be easily forgotten.

Telling children not to eat candy until they get home, or to stay close to home, isn’t enough. The leading cause of injuries is falls and children are four times more likely to be struck and killed by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year.

Consider the following safety tips to prevent tragedies from happening.
Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Older children, who go out on their own, should travel in groups, carry a cell phone and know contact numbers.
Set a curfew and know the route in advance of children setting out.
Children should wear something reflective or light coloured. Carrying a flashlight is always a good idea.
Avoid costumes that drag on the ground, are dark or cannot be layered over warmer clothing. But avoid
overheating by wearing costumes that are too hot if it is a warmer night.
Running shoes or shoes that light up are fun and provide added safety on a dark night. High heels or novelty shoes should be avoided and children should be encouraged to walk – not run as obstacles on lawns and curbs are not often visible at night.
To maintain unrestricted vision, avoid masks wherever possible by using make-up.
Only trick or treat at those houses that are lit. Teach your children to have respect for those people and homes that do not partake of the festivities.
Adults should inspect candy and remove choking hazards for younger children.
Drive safely and slowly in residential areas and remember that children are distracted.
Clear pathways, turn on outside lights and keep your pets indoors if you’re expecting trick or treaters.
For more information on St. John Ambulance community services, training programs or volunteer
opportunities, please call 905-568-1905 or visit our web site at www.sja-mississauga.ca.

Contact: Janine Le Forestier
Marketing & Fund Development Coordinator
905-568-1905 ext 331
St. John Ambulance is dedicated to improving the health and safety of the community through
training and community service. Saving lives – at work, home and play.
Mississauga Branch
110 Matheson Blvd. West, Suite 110
Mississauga (ON) Canada L5R 4G7
Tel. : (905) 568-1905
Fax : (905) 568-4838
Charitable Registration No.: 10802 2237 RR0001

Janine Le Forestier    10/25/2011


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