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Halloween safety tips

By Pembroke Daily Observer

The Upper Ottawa Valley detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind parents/guardians and children that Halloween can be a time of both excitement and potential danger. Help keep everyone safe by following these safety tips:

• Carry a flashlight and select a costume with bright colours and reflective material to increase visibility to drivers

• Use makeup instead of masks. Masks can reduce one's ability to see obstacles, vehicles and other people

• Avoid baggy, long and oversized costumes that can be a tripping hazard

• Walk, don't run and remember to stop, look and listen before crossing the street

• Never criss-cross the street. Cross at crosswalks or intersections. Call on one side of the street, then the other

• Never trick or treat alone, go in a group or with an adult

• If trick or treating with friends tell your parents/guardians your route and when you will be home

• Stay in familiar neighbourhoods and only go to homes that are well lit and that are participating in Halloween

• Never go inside a house to get your treat

• Before eating your treats, always have them checked by an adult.

Motorists are reminded to drive with caution and to be on the lookout for trick or treaters on Halloween.

Following the above safety tips and using common sense will allow you to have a safe and fun Halloween!