25th Annual Calgary Partners for Safety working to make Halloween safe
For 25 years, the Calgary Partners for Safety have been working 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, the Calgary Police Service , Alberta Health Services EMS and Global TV, are sharing Halloween safety tips and will be out patrolling 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 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 parents and children feel safe on Halloween, more than 800 marked vehicles, including police cars, fire trucks, transit vehicles, bylaw vehicles and ambulances, 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 if they need help or assistance.
The Partners are also sharing 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.
- Parents should always find out where their 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.
- Trick-or treaters should travel in groups and avoid short cuts through alleys, lanes or private property.
- Trick-or treaters should cross the street at intersections after looking both ways to ensure it is safe before crossing.
- Trick-or-treaters who are out after dark should carry a flashlight to help see and be seen.
- Parents should check all Halloween treats before children eat them.