York Region EMS offers tips to safely enjoy trick-or-treating this year
NEWMARKET - The Regional Municipality of York’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is encouraging parents and children to stay safe this Halloween by following a few easy tips.
Children are four times more likely to be injured from falls or motorist-pedestrian collisions on Halloween than any other day of the year.
According to Safe Kids Canada, the Hospital for Sick Children’s national injury prevention program, parents and children should follow these common sense tips for safe trick-or-treating:
• Make sure drivers can see your child ??" choose costumes with bright fabrics, decorate costumes with reflective tape and provide children with flashlights
• To prevent falls, your child's costume should be no longer than the ankles, shoes should fit properly and hats, wigs and scarves should fit securely
• Make-up and face paint are better than masks as they don't block your child's vision
• Children under the age of nine should be supervised by an adult when trick-or-treating
• Kids 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
• Walk, don’t run, from house to house using the sidewalk
• Remain in well lit areas and only visit homes with outside lights turned on ??" never go inside
• Tell your children to bring treats home before eating them ??" parents should inspect candy and throw out unwrapped treats, those in torn or open packages or with 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 to bring prescribed medications such as epi-pens or asthma inhalers
Children are invited to meet EMS mascot, Parry the Paramedic, and receive a treat from EMS paramedics on Halloween. Members of the media are invited to attend.
Where: 71 Glengall Lane
Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
When: Monday, October 31, 2011
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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Media Contact: Lisa Sposito, Community and Health Services, York Region
1-877-464-9675, ext. 4106 • After-Hours Cell: 289-716-0380 • firstname.lastname@example.org