October 29, 2008
Media Release

Trick or whistle!

 York Region EMS help children stay safe this Halloween
NEWMARKET Children are four times more likely to be injured on Halloween than any other day of the year, and most injuries result from fall-related accidents and motorist-pedestrian collisions.
To help children stay safe this Halloween, The Regional Municipality of York Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedics and the EMS mascot Parry the Paramedic will distribute brightly coloured yellow whistles and bracelets to "trick or treaters" across York Region.
The highly visible "treats" will be distributed to parents and children throughout the day and into the evening.  Media representatives are invited to attend the following distribution location:
When:  Friday, October 31st
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: 337 Harewood Boulevard (South of London Road)
Town of Newmarket
With all of the excitement Halloween brings, parents and children can forget important safety rules.  Included are some of Safe Kids Canada's common sense tips for safe trick or treating:
 Make sure that drivers can see your child; wear costumes with bright fabrics, decorate costumes with reflective tape and provide each child a flashlight to carry
 To prevent falling, your child's costume and shoes should fit properly; costumes should not be longer than your child's ankles and hats, wigs and scars should fit securely
 Make-up and face paint are better than masks as they don't block your child's ability to see
 Children under the age of nine should be supervised by an adult when trick or treating
 Children over the age of nine should trick or treat with an adult or in a group with older, responsible children; children should cross only at corners or pedestrian crosswalks
 Children should walk, not run, from house to house using the sidewalk, remain in well lit areas, only visit homes that have their outside lights turned on and never go inside homes
 Tell your children to bring their treats home before eating them; parents should inspect candy and throw out any treats that are not wrapped, those in torn or open packages or any that have small holes in the wrappers
 Small hard candies are a choking hazard for children under the age of three
 While trick or treating, make sure children/parents carry prescribed medication such as an epi-pen and puffers
For more information on York Region Emergency Medical Services or other health-related topics, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell: 905 251-5553
 Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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