The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Rainy River District detachment would like to take this opportunity to remind Rainy River District residents about being safe and aware this Halloween.
Area youth will be out in full force going door to door to collect Halloween treats. They will be focused on getting to as many homes as they can to fill up their loot bags. They won’t be thinking about vehicles or other safety hazards, so we need to work together to keep them safe as they move from house to house. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Rainy River District detachment are offering the following tips to parents and motorists to help protect the children on Halloween night.
- Make up is preferable to a mask. If a mask is going to be worn, enlarge the eye and mouth holes for your child’s safety.
- Carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing.
- Small children should be supervised at all times.
- Stay in neighbourhood’s that you know.
- Use sidewalks or the edge of the roadway.
- Don’t cut across lawns; you won’t see a hose or a rake in the dark.
- Walk; don’t run, to houses that are lit up for Halloween.
- Don’t snack on treats until they are inspected by a responsible adult.
- Ensure pumpkins lit by a candle are in a safe location.
- Trick or treating in a vehicle? Wear your seatbelt.
Parents and caregivers are asked to “Remind your youth of the consequences of being involved in mischief on Halloween night or Devil’s night”
For the kids at heart who plan on attending Halloween parties, don’t drink and drive! Use a designated driver, take a taxi, ride share or use public transit.
The District OPP officers will be closely watching vehicle speeds, seatbelt use, distracted driving and impaired driving. If you are going to be driving on Halloween night you can expect to see costumed youth on or alongside the roadway. Devote your full attention to your driving so everyone can have a Safe and Happy Halloween.