Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The City of Calgary and partners come together for Halloween safety

Halloween is a fun time of year – with costumes, pumpkin carving, parties, and trick-or-treating. To help Calgary families prepare for the fun-filled night of spookiness The City of Calgary has partnered with Calgary’s Child Magazine and Shaw TV to help promote Halloween safety. 

Together, the Partners for Safety will be out on Halloween night between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in more than 800 marked vehicles, including police cars, fire trucks, bylaw vehicles, ambulances and Shaw TV vans. These vehicles will be on patrol to provide a safe contact for any child in need of help. 

Trick-or-treaters can also visit any Calgary fire station or talk with a Calgary Transit bus driver if they need assistance or help. 

Safety tips for trick-or-treaters
  • Keep an eye open for trick-or-treaters when driving on Oct. 31. 
  • Choose or make Halloween costumes which allow your trick-or-treater to see clearly. 
  • Avoid costumes that are too loose and could choke, tangle or trip, and ensure costumes are made of bright, reflective material.
  • Always find out where your trick-or-treaters are going and when they will be home.
  • Trick-or-treaters should remain in the doorway or on the doorstep, when trick-or treating. 
  • Travel in groups and avoid short cuts through alleys, lanes or private property.
  • Cross the street at intersections, after looking both ways to ensure it's safe to cross.
  • Trick-or-treaters that are out after dark should carry a flashlight to help see and be seen.
  • Check all Halloween treats before children eat them.
Decorating tips with safety in mind
  • Use a flashlight or battery operated candle to light your jack-o-lantern. 
  • If you do use a candle, do not leave the jack-o-lantern unattended and ensure it is well away from anything that may burn or cause it to be knocked over. 
  • Keep exits clear of decorations. 
  • Keep decorations, especially those that are highly flammable like dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper, away from open flames and heat sources including light bulbs and heaters. 
For more information, please visit www.calgary.ca/fire and follow the Partners for Safety on Facebook and Twitter

Submitted by Bridget Cox, Calgary Fire Department

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