FACS promoting Hallowe’en safety

For the third year in a row, Family and Children’s Services here will be providing illuminated glow sticks—also known as night lights—on Hallowe’en.
Staff will be handing them out Monday during the “Scott Street Scare” at their booth on the 200 block of Scott Street from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
“The night lights have become very popular,” noted Betty-Anne MacKintosh. “As a result, we will have more available this year. There will 1,000 night lights for the ‘Scott Street Scare’ in Fort Frances.
“This was made possible by the generous support of the Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition and the Easter Seals Society,” added MacKintosh.
“The safety coalition is pleased to partner with Family and Children’s Services as the safety of our children is paramount,” said Fort Frances OPP Cst. Caroline Spencer, who chairs the RRVSC.
“This is one more step in our vision of becoming the safest community in Canada,” she added.
The illuminated glow sticks are one way to help keep children safe on Hallowe’en by increasing their visibility. Here are additional ways that can help ensure children are safe Monday night:
•Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement, or contact with flames.
•Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and bags for greater visibility.
•Masks can block eyesight. Consider non-toxic and hypoallergenic make-up or a decorative hat as a safe alternative.
•Make sure all costumes and wigs are flame resistant.
•Think twice before using simulated knives, guns, or swords. If such a prop is used, be sure they do not appear authentic, and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.
•A parent or responsible adult always should accompany young children when trick-or-treating. If children are unaccompanied, teach them their home phone number and how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.
•Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkways. Check around your property for flower pots, low tree limbs, support wires, or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house.
•Stay on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. Never cut across yards or use alleys.
•Confine, segregate, or otherwise prepare all household pets for the evening which often contains frightful sights and sounds.
•Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
•No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
•A safe and fun alternative from going house to house is attending a special event, such as the “Scott Street Scare.”

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