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Thursday October 31st, 2013

Posted at 10:55am

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The Essex County OPP want you to ensure that your child is aware of all the safety rules this Halloween. Please take a few minutes to review the following safety rules with your child:

Halloween Driving Tricks to Keep Everyone Safe:

~Don’t drive distracted – no cell phones, iPods or texting.

~Observe posted speed limits – proceed with caution.

~Watch for children darting across streets, especially between parked cars.

~Pay attention –don’t assume children see you.

~Pass all vehicles with care; they could be dropping off children.

Tips for Treat Seekers:

~carry a flashlight or glow sticks. Wear bright reflective clothing or use reflective tape on costumes.

~Use makeup, rather than masks, to have a clear view of surroundings.

~Remember, when crossing the street, look left, right and left again before crossing,

~Stay on sidewalks and cross only at corners or crosswalks.

~Have an adult go with children when they trick or treat.

~Don’t forget, have an adult check your candy when you get home.

Tips for Home Owners:

~If you have pets in the residence, it might be a good idea to keep them away from the door or other paths that children might use when approaching your residence. Even normally friendly dogs can get a little testy with unidentified trick or treaters.

~Turn your lights on so that the little trick or treaters can see their way around and will assist in avoiding potentially dangerous mishaps on your property.

~Keep your property in order, tidy and items off pathways that children may be travelling on in order to access your front door.

~Keep lit candles at a safe distance from trick or treaters, and always remember to blow the candles out after the festivities are completed.

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