The kick-off to the holiday season is fast approaching! October 31st represents our day for spooky tricks, and yummy treats to enjoy and have fun with. Halloween can on the other-hand present some unique hazards that we at Alpine Insurance want to address to give our beloved Canadians quick advice on how to make this Halloween safe.

  • Carefully drive.Take your time and be patient while driving through neighborhoods. Expect pedestrian foot traffic creating frequent stop and go.
  • Be aware. Trick-or-treaters may be difficult to spot at first glance with their dark costumes during nighttime. Slow down and be very aware of your surroundings when driving.
  • Caution passing. Often parents will chauffeur their trick-or-treater from house to house in their car. When passing use caution as the car may block the view of children about to cross the street.
  • Supervise carving. Pumpkin carving is so much, fun but leave the major cuts to adults only and supervise carefully the rest of the activity.
  • Involve thoughtfully. Make sure sharp carving tools and objects are out of the child’s reach. Scooping out the pumpkin and drawing on the pattern are safe ways to involve young children.
  • Illuminate safely. A great idea to avoid getting burned, is to simply cut a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin to easily lift the body of the pumpkin, place the candle at the base, and set the pumpkin over the candle.
  • Trade candy. If you want to avoid your child getting sick with too much candy, or if your child is diabetic or has allergies, trade their candy for a different kind of treat like a video game or doll.
  • Inspect treats. Before consuming any candy or treats collected from the neighborhood, be sure to inspect the goodies and look for any sign of foul play.
  • Alter costumes. Costumes are so fun, but with cold season approaching make sure they are weather proof and suitable for cold weather.
  • Test run. If make-up is part of the costume of choice, do a test run of product before-hand to eliminate the possibility of allergic reactions.
  • Fire safe. Keep an eye on your Halloween decorations especially any candles lit. Make sure they are clear out of the way of anyone with wigs or large costumes.
  • Be visible. Use reflectors, glow sticks, or flash lights to costumes when trick-or-treating making you visible to any vehicles.

Halloween is a fun-filled holiday, but a little extra precaution can go a long way in keeping you and your loved ones safe which is important to us at Alpine Insurance. Contact us today to review the ways we can help secure your safety no matter the day of year.

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