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RCMP offer safety tips for trick-or-treating

Alberta RCMP are reminding residents to be safe while trick or treating tonight. Sergeant Jack Poitras says it is a busy night in the community and everyone needs to do their part. Police recommend bright costumes, wearing face paint instead of masks and being sure that fake weapons are clearly fake. Police also recommend a costume that fits to avoid tripping and to carry a cell phone for emergencies as well as a flash light.

Police suggest staying safe by walking in well lit areas and telling children to always stick to a route that has been planned with an adult. It is also recommended that kids use the sidewalks, cross the streets at corners or crosswalks, and avoid alleys or vacant lots. Grande Prairie RCMP say that children should also be fed prior to going out so it reduces their chance of rummaging through the candy before an adult can check it over.

Drivers should slow down and watch for kids out looking for candy on Halloween. They also recommend that they not wear masks or costumes that make it hard to see while driving. Alleys and exits should be maneuvered out of slowly to avoid colliding with excited children.

If you are handing out candy, make sure to keep your sidewalk and road clear for Trick or Treaters. Police suggest leaving a porch light on and keeping pets inside during the evening. If you have a jack-o-lantern out, RCMP suggest using a battery powered candle. If you choose to use a candle, keep the pumpkin on a flat surface away from walkways.

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