TRURO - There are a number of simple ways to keep treat-or-treaters safe as they go door-to-door for Halloween fun tonight.
Cpl. Addie MacCallum, with the Colchester RCMP, told the Truro Daily News there will be increased police presence on Halloween to help ensure children and communities are safe.
"There will be extra (police) out ... all through the county ... from the early hours into the wee hours of the morning," said MacCallum. "We'll have marked and unmarked patrol cars, checkpoints and roving patrols and will be in areas of high congestion and we'll be on the lookout for mischief."
MacCallum said children and parents should remember to obey the rules of the road, make sure youngsters travel in groups, do not run on the roads and use flashlights. Drivers should use an "over abundance of caution and do not drink and drive."
In a news release, Nova Scotia RCMP offered the following Halloween safety tips:
- Wear reflective, brightly coloured costumes or fasten reflective tape to your costume or bag. Avoid masks that restrict your vision.
- Only visit well-lit houses and don't go into the house for your treats; always wait outside.
- Don't eat any treats until an adult has inspected them.
- Always go down one side of the street, cross at the corner, and then go down the other side.
- Watch for open flames from jack-o-lanterns and displays.
- Drive slowly in residential areas; reduce speed and stay alert.
- Be cautious when entering and exiting driveways or backing up.
- Keep your home and doorway well lit. Clear sidewalks and pathways for safety.
- Avoid using open flames in any displays.