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Trick-or-Treating Safety

October 26, 2018

Halloween is just around the corner; trick-or-treating hours in the CBRM are again set for 5:30-7:30 PM on October 31st.  Cape Breton Regional Police remind trick-or-treaters, parents and motorists to take precautions and help keep the festivities safe. 

Drivers: be alert and watch for children and extra pedestrian traffic. 

Trick-or-treaters:  Dress in brightly coloured costumes. Use reflective tape so drivers can see you. Carry a flashlight so you can see better and be seen. Try to stay in well-lit areas. Keep costumes short to avoid tripping and falls. Wear make-up; it’s harder to see in a mask Avoid riding bicycles when wearing costumes; they may get caught in the bicycle chain or wheels. Be careful crossing the streets; go down one side of the street and then up the other side to limit the number of times you cross. Go trick-or-treating in groups; younger children should trick-or-treat with a parent or other responsible adult. Discuss your route with your parents and what time you will be back at your home. Never go inside a house, apartment or car of someone you don’t know. Stay on the doorstep or sidewalk while trick-or-treating. Have your parents check your treats before eating them. 

Homeowners:  Keep porch lights or external security lights on. Keep doors clear and accessible and avoid decorations that are flammable or can pose a tripping hazard. Don’t invite children inside your home. Only pass out commercially wrapped candy and snacks. Keep pets indoors, as they may be easily scared by children in costumes.  

Police ask residents to pay attention in and around their own properties and neighbourhoods and contact police should they notice anything suspicious or require assistance. And, police urge anyone using fireworks to do so safely and responsibly;  it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy or carry fireworks and throwing or setting off fireworks in the street is also against the law. 

Cape Breton Regional Police will have extra resources in place on Halloween, on foot and in vehicles. Canadian Coast Guard College (CCGC) Cadets will also provide additional support on foot patrol in several neighbourhoods. Stay safe and have fun!- 30 -