IBC Top 10: Tips to Keep Your Halloween Fun and Safe

EDMONTON /CNW/ – With the excitement of trick-or-treating, Halloween can be a time when little ones forget what they know about safety. Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) offers its top 10 tips to help keep Halloween safe and fun for everyone involved.

“Halloween can be a fun and exciting evening for many Western Canadians, but it can also be a very busy time on our streets,” said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western and Pacific, IBC. “We are reminding parents and motorists to take some important safety measures to keep everyone safe on Halloween night.”

INSURANCE BUREAU OF CANADA - IBC Top 10 Halloween Safety TipsIBC’s top 10 tips to keep your Halloween fun and safe are as follows:

  1. If driving, stay well below the speed limit and give yourself extra time to get to your destination.
    • If possible, avoid driving between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. when most trick-or-treating takes place.
  2. Pay extra attention to what is going on around you when driving.
    • Keep an eye out for children darting across the street, especially between parked cars.
    • When pulling in or out of driveways, stay alert to your surroundings.
  3. Refrain, at all times, from using a cell phone while driving.
  4. Equip your trick-or-treater with a flashlight.
  5. Consider using makeup instead of a mask to make sure your trick-or-treater has a clear, unobstructed view.
    • If a mask is necessary, enlarge the eyes or push it up while walking.
  6. Avoid costumes with dark colours or use reflective tape.
  7. Accompany your child or if they are old enough, make sure they are with a responsible group of friends.
  8. Plan a trick-or-treating route close to home and confirm a time of return.
  9. Visit only well-lit houses and never go inside.
  10. Halloween is not just for the young – if you are attending a party and have plans to consume alcohol, make arrangements to get a ride home.

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