Every Halloween, the B.C. Ambulance Service sees a spike in the number of calls to traffic incidents and burns and other Halloween-related injuries.
The BCAS offers several safety tips to minimize the risk of injury on Halloween night and at the top of the list is visibility.
Children and their parents should wear bright costumes or clothing with reflective material, or carry light sticks or flashlights so they can be seen by motorists. As always, when crossing a street, make sure to look left, then right, then left again.
Falls from ill-fitting costumes can result in broken bones, so the BCAS advises parents to make sure Halloween costumes fit properly. Masks can obscure vision, so consider trying make-up instead.
The BCAS also recommends avoiding houses where the walkway isn’t well lit, the lights aren’t on and to avoid unfamiliar animals.
The BCAS also urges motorists to be extra careful and to be on the lookout for children running out into the street.
For more information visit www.bcas.ca