20th Annual Calgary Partners for Safety working to make Halloween safe
For 20 years, Calgary’s Partners for Safety have been working together to help keep Calgary’s young ghosts and goblins safe on Halloween. The Partners, coordinated by Calgary’s Child Magazine, include The City of Calgary, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Shaw TV, are sharing Halloween safety tips and will be out patrolling Calgary neighbourhoods on Oct. 31 to provide a safe and trusted contact for trick-or-treaters in need.
“Every year we are happy to come together with our colleagues in emergency services and community services to ensure that Halloween is a fun and safe experience for all young costumed trick-or-treaters,” said Carol Henke, Public Information Officer for the Calgary Fire Department.
To ensure Calgary parents and children feel safe on Halloween, more than 800 marked vehicles, including police cars, fire trucks, transit vehicles, bylaw vehicles, ambulances and Shaw TV vans, will patrol Calgary neighbourhoods from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., providing a safe contact for any child in need of help. Halloweeners can also visit local Calgary Fire Stations and Calgary Transit drivers if they need help or assistance.
Together the Partners would like to share important Halloween safety information with all Calgarians. Even those citizens without a trick-or-treater in their family, should remember to drive cautiously on Halloween night. Other Halloween safety tips include;
- Choose or make Halloween costumes which allow your trick-or-treater to see clearly. Avoid costumes that are too loose and could choke, tangle or trip, and ensure costumes are made of bright, reflective material.
- Always find out where your trick-or-treaters are going and when they will be home.
- Trick-or-treaters should remain in the doorway or on the doorstep, when trick-or treating.
- Travel in groups and avoid short cuts through alleys, lanes or private property.
- Cross the street at intersections, after looking both ways to ensure it is safe to cross.
- Trick-or-treaters that are out after dark should carry a flashlight to help see and be seen.
- Check all Halloween treats before children eat them.
Ellen Percival, Partners for Safety Program Coordinator
Phone Direct: 403-286-6606
Phone Office: 403-241-6066