Toronto - Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for children of all ages. Toronto Emergency Medical Services encourages everyone to be safe this Halloween, and to take precautionary measures to reduce the risk of traffic accidents and injuries during trick-or-treating.

The following 10 safety tips will help keep children and drivers safe:

  • Drivers should turn their headlights on early and make sure to drive slowly and safely. Drivers consuming alcohol at Halloween parties should use a designated driver or taxi to return home.
  • Homes welcoming trick-or-treaters should leave on exterior lights and make sure the path to the door is clear
  • Trick-or-treaters should wear bright costumes with reflective material so drivers can see them
  • Children should carry flashlights so they can see trip hazards
  • Young children should always be with an adult while they trick-or-treat; older children trick-or-treating unsupervised should review their route with an adult first
  • Trick-or-treaters should only cross the road at a light or stop sign
  • Remind children to watch for cars pulling out of driveways and alleys
  • Children should show all their treats to a parent or other responsible adult before eating any candy
  • Remember that candies can pose a choking hazard. Toronto EMS encourages everyone to brush up on their First Aid and CPR skills.
  • Children should know their home number and address, and be prepared to call 9-1-1 if an emergency occurs. Carrying a cell phone while trick-or-treating is a good idea.

A full complement of Toronto EMS paramedics will be on duty in ambulances throughout Toronto on October 31. Members of the public should call 9-1-1 if they need help.