The Calgary Partners for Safety will be patrolling the streets on Halloween
The Partners for Safety will be patrolling Calgary streets to give trick-or-treaters easy access to help on October 31. Coordinated by Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Partners for Safety include the Calgary Police Service, Emergency Medical Services, Calgary Fire Department, Calgary Transit, Calgary Community Standards, Calgary 9-1-1, and Global Calgary. More than 800 vehicles will be patrolling Calgary streets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. providing high-visibility assistance for anyone enjoying Halloween fun.
Between regular emergency calls, the Calgary Police Service and Emergency Medical Services will have units patrolling residential neighborhoods. The Calgary Fire Department will also have vehicles on patrol, and fire stations will be open as a safe place for trick-or-treaters to ask for help if they need it.
Calgary Transit buses and C-Trains are in the community day and night providing essential transit services. On Halloween, if trick-or-treaters need help, they can approach any transit vehicle they spot. Bus and C-Train operators have radios and can contact the appropriate emergency personnel if needed.
Halloween safety tips for kids:
- Tell your parent(s) where you’re going, who you’re going with and when you’ll be home. Bring a cell phone in case something changes.
- Never enter a house or a car while you’re trick-or-treating unless your parent(s) say it’s okay.
- Trick-or-treat all the way down one side of the street before crossing to the other - look both ways and walk, don’t run, across the street at intersections.
- Don’t take shortcuts through alleyways, lanes, or through private property.
- Stay in busy, well-lit areas if possible and bring a flashlight.
- Check your Halloween treats for foreign objects, sharp objects, etc., with an adult before eating your treats.
- Wear bright, reflective clothing so you are visible to drivers on the road.
- If a situation or person makes you feel uncomfortable, trust your gut and walk away. Call a parent or trusted adult if you’re not sure what to do.
Halloween costume tips:
- Avoid costumes which are all black! Choose one with bright colors and consider adding reflective tape to make sure drivers can see you.
- Pick materials, garments and accessories that are labeled ‘flame-resistant.’
- All costume accessories, such as sticks, rods, or wands should be soft and flexible with no sharp edges.
- It will be cold! Your costume should be loose enough that it can be worn over warm clothing or a heavy jacket.
- Make sure your mask is comfortable - bulky masks can make it hard to see cars and other hazards, can pinch or hurt and even make it hard to breathe. Consider using hypoallergenic face makeup instead.
- Make sure your costume isn’t too big or long. Your costume should not go over your ankles or hands.
- Wear your full costume around the house for an hour or two a few weeks before Halloween to make sure your shoes, clothing and accessories are comfortable. Make changes if you need to!
For more tips on having a happy and safe Halloween, visit calgaryschild.com.