B.C. Transit offers Halloween safety tips

Halloween can be an exciting time for children who are distracted by candy and costumes

Halloween can be an exciting time for children who are distracted by candy and costumes, and may not be focused on basic safety rules.

Here are a few tips for everyone when trick-or-treating tonight, courtesy of B.C. Transit.

n All B.C. Transit buses are safe places for children who may be lost or separated from their group.

n Young children should be accompanied by an adult or responsible older child since they lack the developmental skills to cross the street on their own.

n Ghosts and goblins must be seen to be scary. Incorporate visibility aids in all costumes.

n Teach your child to stop at the curb, look left, right and left again, and to listen for oncoming traffic.

n Always cross at intersections, crosswalks or street corners.

n Remind children: never enter anyone’s house or vehicle.

n Only visit homes that are visibly participating in Halloween – decorated and lights on.

Tips for drivers:

n Drive slowly in residential areas where children are more likely to be trick-or-treating.

n Reduce your distractions and stay alert.

n Remember to enter and exit intersections and driveways slowly and carefully.

n Watch out for children who may be wearing masks that make it difficult for them to see.

n Expect the unexpected. In the Halloween excitement, children may forget simple pedestrian safety rules and dart out between parked vehicles.