Ottawa police say be safe this Hallowe’en

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) would like to remind everyone to put their safety and that of others first, whether you are a trick-or-treater, homeowner or motorist.

“We always encourage members of the public to report suspicious persons at any time of the year—Halloween is no exception,” the OPS released in a statement today (Oct. 30).

Here are some tips and tricks to help families have a fun and safe Halloween:

  • Make sure your children can see and be seen. Visibility is an important safety consideration. Flashlights with fresh batteries, glow sticks and reflective tape are must-haves on Halloween and will enable drivers to see kids as they go door to door.  Make sure masks do not inhibit their vision.
  • Children should walk on the sidewalk and go to well lit homes on one side of the street; then cross safely at an intersection to visit homes on the other side of the street.
  • Always trick-or-treat in groups. Accompany your children when they go out trick-or-treating. Make sure older children have a charged cell phone if going out with friends in case they get separated from the group.
  • Check Halloween candy carefully and teach your children never to eat treats that are in packages that have been opened or have other damage.
  • Find help. Teach your children to find a police officer or another trusted adult if they are lost or need help while trick-or-treating.
  • Motorists: be aware of children on the streets.  With all the excitement some may forget to look both ways before crossing. Drive carefully and slowly when on residential streets.

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