October 29, 2012, Halifax, Nova Scotia…With Halloween upon us, police in Nova Scotia –the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Halifax Regional Police and Cape Breton Regional Police – are bringing the message of safe trick-or-treating to communities across the province with some tips to keep the frightful night delightful.
Police ask motorists to use extra caution, particularly in residential areas, and encourage children to follow these recommended safety rules: • Dress in a brightly coloured costume. Carry a flashlight and stay close to well-lit areas. • Go trick-or-treating with at least one other trick-or-treater, or a responsible adult. • For older children, discuss your route with your parents before you leave and make sure they know what time you’ll be home. • Try to limit criss-crossing the street. Go down one side of the street and up the other to limit the number of times you cross. • Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat. Stay on the doorstep or sidewalk while trick-or-treating. • Have mom or dad check your treats before digging in. • Remember to dress warmly and have fun!
Homeowners can also make trick-or-treaters feel safe: • Keep porch lights or external security lights on. • Keep doors clear and accessible. Avoid decorating entrances with flammable material and ensure decorations don’t pose a tripping hazard. • Don’t invite children inside your home. • Only give out commercially wrapped candy and snacks. • Call police immediately if you spot suspicious activity. • Keep the pets indoors as they may be easily scared by children in costumes.
Police will have additional patrols on Halloween and will be looking for out any suspicious activity or acts of vandalism. Police also encourage those using fireworks to do so safely and responsibly. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy or carry fireworks. Throwing or setting off fireworks in the street is also against the law.
Let’s work together to make it a Fangtastic Halloween!