As children head out trick-or-treating this Thursday, the City of
Saint John reminds citizens to be safe on the streets, and to watch out
for potential fire hazards.
crossing a street, use intersections with pedestrian signals or marked
crosswalks where possible. Otherwise, cross at an intersection. Extend
your hand to signal your intention to cross and wait until approaching
vehicles stop to let you cross as you can be hard to see at night or
with a dark costume.
- Use sidewalks where available or walk as
close to the edge of the road as possible on the left side where you can
see approaching traffic.
- Wear costumes that let you see traffic clearly (i.e, avoid masks that obstruct your vision).
- Wear light colours or use reflective material and flashlights to make you more visible to motorists.
- Be extra cautious for pedestrians as many are children.
- It is your responsibility to yield to pedestrians crossing the street at marked crosswalks and at intersections.
Stay safe from fires:
only costumes, wigs and props labeled flame-resistant or flame
retardant. If you are making your own costume, choose material that
won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. Avoid
using billowing or long trailing features.
- Dried flowers,
cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other
decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including
light bulbs and heaters.
- It is safest to use a flashlight or
battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle,
use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when
candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long
fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit
pumpkins well away from anything that can burn including
trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
- Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop,
drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice
stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with
hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)
flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating
walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose
costumes may brush against the lighting.
- If your children are
going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for exits
and plan how they would get out in an emergency.