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October 27, 2016: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood; Subhead: Hallowe’en can be spooky AND safe!

October 27, 2016: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood;
Hallowe’en can be spooky AND safe!

By Cst. Dawn Neilly.
Unabridged version.

Next up on the calendar is Hallowe’en. Scary is good, weird is wonderful and the costumes prove it, from kids to adults. The fact that the days are shorter and much of the activity happens after dark adds to the scare factor and makes this an exciting event, especially for the very young.

That also makes it a potentially dangerous time to be out.

Hallowe’en needs extra caution on everyone’s part. Make sure costumes don’t cut vision or are liable to trip up excited feet. Little princesses and pirates should be easily seen and shepherded carefully from house to house. Be especially careful if you are crossing streets without traffic lights or other lighted signals. Drivers need to be ready for excited children who might be tempted to dart into the street without looking for traffic.

If you live in an area with one of the city’s recently installed pedestrian lights, here are a few reminders about their proper use. Drivers: Stay alert and be ready to stop for the flashing yellow lights. Pedestrians: Don’t assume you can cross as soon as you activate the lights; first make sure cars in both directions have stopped. Hallowe’en parents: This is a great opportunity to teach your costumed characters a bit of important road safety.

One of the great joys of Hallowe’en is, of course, collecting as many treats as possible and getting them from container to mouth as fast as possible. But, parents, it wouldn’t hurt to take a few minutes to check what’s in the bag first just to make sure everything is fit to be eaten by your child.

With a bit of forethought and watchful eyes, you can make sure that this Hallowe’en is a safe one for everybody. Happy Hallowe’en!

[Ed: And read about the CPO Award given to Cst. Neilly in this issue’s front page story “Heroes – Closer Than You Think; People taking care of people.”]

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