Halloween safety tips for parents and youngsters

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Halloween is a fun time for youngsters, but it can also be dangerous.

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs has set out guidelines for safety this Halloween.

Costumes should be made from a material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. Costumes, beards and wigs labelled “Flame-Resistant”, made of nylon or heavyweight polyester, are best. Flame Resistant does not mean fireproof.

And some of the best costumes are brightly coloured and are reflective. If not, you can add reflective tape so the costume can be seen better at night.

Make sure eye holes in masks are large enough so the person wearing it can see properly.

Swords, knives and similar accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.

Be sure to examine the candy and goodies the youngsters bring home,  and to feed them dinner before you take them out so they have no temptation to eat it.

Knowing the rules of the road and sidewalk is key.  Things like crossing the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks is important.

For drivers, enter or exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.

Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If they are mature enough to go out alone, they should be in a group and in the well known parts of town.

Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert during those hours.