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  • Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Ensure a safe and spooky Halloween

The crunching of crisp fall leaves and the arrival of pumpkin spice lattes means we are on the cusp of one of my favourite celebrations: Halloween.

In my line of work I have learned that safety is paramount. This Halloween, try to stay away from high-traffic streets with a lot of vehicles passing through. Wear bright clothes and consider the addition of reflectors on children.

When it comes to costumes, always test the makeup you are using on a small patch before applying it all over the face or body.

Try, if possible, to start trick-or-treating before sunset. I know it’s not as much fun, but at least you are more visible. Tell your kids to walk, not run, from house to house. Even if kids are cutting across lawns, someone coming home from work might not see them as they dash across driveways. Bring flashlights to help light the way and use established crosswalks when possible.

Speaking of lights, try to keep kids away from any candles, which could prove dangerous with the material in their costumes. Costume materials that include any objects such as fake swords or knives should be both short and easy to bend.

Motorists, be extra vigilant. Anticipate these little ghouls and goblins will dart between and in front of vehicles. 

Finally, check all candy very carefully and make sure you monitor what is going in your kids’ mouths including opened candy. Homemade treats are a big no-no.

Have a fun, safe and spooky Halloween!

Sandra Zisckind is a personal injury lawyer in Toronto.

The full article can be viewed at The Toronto Sun.

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