Health Canada has issued a list of precaution reminders to take during Halloween tomorrow, in order to ensure the safety of young people.
Among those is choosing a good costume that includes fabrics and accessories that are less likely to ignite, such as those made of heavyweight nylon, or polyester.
Health Canada also recommends selecting brightly colored costumes, so motorists can easily see you.
Adding reflective strips is another possibility, as is wearing well-fitting costumes that can be worn over warm clothing to protect the child in cold and wet weather.
When it comes to decorations, Health Canada recommends constant vigilance to detect fire risks and prevent injuries.
Flashlights or battery-operated candles are particularly recommended to replace candles, lighted pumpkins, lighters and matches, which all represent fire risks. Those last elements must obviously be kept out of the reach of children.
Health Canada is also asking citizens to ensure that light decorations are certified by a recognized organization, such as the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC).
It concludes by remembering to always take a look at treats and toys brought home before giving them to children. (N.P.)
translated by Alec Brideau