City of Vernon issues tips to stay safe on Halloween

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Halloween is coming up quickly, and the City of Vernon Community Safety and Policing Office has a few safety reminders to make it a night of treats, where the biggest risk is a stomachache from too much candy.

  • Motorists: slow down Halloween night and watch out for excited trick-or-treaters that might not be paying full attention to the road.
  • Use face paint or make-up so you can see.
  • If you are wearing a mask, make sure that the eye openings are big so you can see, and when you are walking, push your mask up on your head.
  • Make sure your costume is flame-resistant and not so long that you could trip.
  • Wear bright colours. If your costume is dark, add reflective tape, a flashing reflector or something else so you can be seen.
  • Make sure you have a flashlight and/or glowsticks so you can see and be seen.
  • Eat before you trick-or-treat so you don’t get hungry.
  • Plan your route before you leave.
  • Only go to houses with a light on.
  • Never go into a stranger’s house or car for a treat.
  • Stop at the curb, look left, right and left again, and listen for oncoming tra?c.
  • Always cross at crosswalks, street corners or intersections – it’s unsafe to cross between parked cars or other obstacles.
  • Stay on the sidewalk when walking from house to house, and if there is no sidewalk, walk beside the road, facing traffic so drivers can see you.
  • Obey all traffic signs.
  • Carry a phone and/or a watch with you.
  • Trick-or-treat with an adult or as a group. Stick together for the whole evening out.
  • Never eat any candy until it has been checked by an adult.


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