Safety Tips for Halloween from Toronto firefighters and paramedics

Toronto Paramedic Services and Toronto Fire Services remind everyone to stay safe while having fun this Halloween. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to review the following tips for children's safety before their Halloween trick-or-treat activities.

Avoiding slips, trips and falls
• Check the costume's size to ensure a snug fit, with the costume no longer than ankle length.
• Consider makeup instead of a mask for a child, as masks can restrict vision and make it difficult for the wearer to see approaching traffic.
• Turn on your home's porch light and make sure walkways are clear of any clutter.

Preventing fires
• Keep candles, matches and lighters away from children.
• Ensure that lit pumpkins are well away from drapes, decorations or other flammable objects.
• Consider lighting your pumpkin with an LED light instead of a candle flame.

• Carry a flashlight while escorting children who are going door-to-door after dark.
• Attach a strip of reflective tape or apply reflective spray to your child's costume.
• Arrange for children to wear light-coloured clothing/costumes.

Staying warm and dry
• Send your child out in layers of clothing. An extra layer under the costume will make a difference if a child is outside for an extended period in chilly/damp weather.
• Place a hat and mitts in the bottom of your child's treat bag in case they are needed.

Other basic safety practices
• Supervise small children when they are crossing a road.
• Wait for cars to come to a complete stop before starting to walk across the street at a stop sign, crosswalk or traffic light.
• Plan a convenient meeting spot in advance in case friends/family members who are out together become separated.
• Check candy treats for signs of tampering or for potential as a choking hazard before allowing children to eat their treats.