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Halloween Safety 101 (Posted On: Wednesday, October 28, 2009)

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Five Ways to Safeguard Your Children When Trick- or-Treating

Ghouls, ghosts and goblins aren’t the only things to be scared of on Halloween night. Injuries and accidents can also make a spooky appearance. In fact, pedestrian injuries remain one of the leading causes of injury-related deaths in Canada for children five to 14 years of age.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary in which Rogers’ Halloween safety program, the Pumpkin Patrol, has been ensuring Halloween stays safe and fun for all.

Rogers’ employee, Doug Measures, who has been involved with the Pumpkin Patrol for 15 years admits, “There is a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment I get from making a positive contribution to my community.” Measures goes on to explain that, “One of the highlights for me in this volunteer position is seeing the children in their costumes and the smiles on their faces.”

Make trick-or-treating a safe and happy time for your kids by following these simple personal safety tips:

1. Ensure costumes are fitted 
Make sure your child’s Halloween costume is made of flame-resistant materials and is well fitted. Costumes that drag on the ground can pose a tripping hazard, which can be a serious danger if kids fall while crossing the street. Masks, hats and other accessories should also fit your child properly without inhibiting their vision. Halloween makeup is a safer option. 

2. Make sure your children can be seen
Visibility is a very important safety consideration. Flashlights with fresh batteries, glow sticks and reflective tape are must-haves on Halloween and will enable drivers to see kids as they scout from door-to-door.

3. Always trick-or-treat in groups
Accompany your children when they go out trick-or-treating.  Older children may want to go with friends. If so, plan a route and make them carry a fully charged cell phone in case they get separated from the group. 

4. Check Halloween candy carefully 
Treat your kids to a Halloween snack before they head out so that they are less likely to eat the candy they gather before you have a chance to inspect their loot bags. Teach your children never to eat treats that are in packages that have been opened, show pinholes or have other damage. And remember, avoid homemade treats or fruit unless they are from a family member or close friend.

5. Find help
Teach your children to find a police officer or go to a red Rogers van if they are lost or need help while trick-or-treating. Working with local police departments, the Rogers Pumpkin Patrol is a Halloween Safety program conducted by more than 1,000 Rogers employee volunteers who keep a watchful eye on the little ghosts and goblins in the communities they serve.

For more personal safety tips and fun games for kids, visit www.pumpkinpatrol.com or contact:
Tina Murphy
Community Relations Manager
Rogers
Cel: 416-417-7295

 
Photos: ISIS Photography

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