· Discourage the use of masks for your children. Masks make it hard for children to see what is around them, including vehicles. Make-up is a better alternative.

· Costumes should fit properly to prevenpumpkin.pngt trips and falls. Avoid oversized shoes, high heels, long dresses or capes. Select costumes with bright colors to increase your child’s visibility. Add on reflective tape to costumes if possible.

· Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult. By the age of 10, some children are ready to go trick or treating with a group of friends.

· Provide your child with a flashlight. A cell phone is a good idea if you have one.

· Draw a map outlining the route they should follow and set a curfew.

· Tell your children not to eat anything until they get home.

· Let your children draw the faces on pumpkins with a marker and leave the carving to parents.

· Start trick or treating early before it gets too dark.


· Carry a white bag or pillowcase for your candy, or add some reflective tape.

· Bring a cell phone in case you need to make an emergency phone call.

· Always travel in groups. Be sure there are at least 3 of you at all times.

· Do not visit houses that are not well lit. Never go inside a stranger’s home.

· Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the side of the road facing traffic. Do not criss-cross back and forth across the street. Never cross between parked cars, instead use crosswalks, street corners or intersections.

· Do not eat your treats before you get home. When home, ask your parents to look through the treats with you to make sure everything is okay.


· Turn on outdoor lights and replace burnt-out bulbs.

· Remove items from your yard or porch that might trip a child.

· Sweep wet leaves from your steps and sidewalk.

· Use alternatives to candles in your pumpkins such as a flashlight or battery-operated candle. If you do use a candle, never leave it unattended.


· Drive slowly in residential areas where children are more like to be trick or treating.

· Watch out for children, many of whom may be wearing costumes with masks that make it difficult for them to see. Children are excited; they may dart out in traffic.

· Remember that costumes can limit a child’s vision and they may not be able to see your vehicle.

· Reduce your distractions and stay alert.

· Remember to enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. Proceed with caution.

· Never Drink and Drive!

Remember that safety is everyone’s priority. If you observe suspicious activity, please call 1-888-310-1122.


Beat the Silent Killer: Prevent CO in Your Home

Ontario’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week runs November 1-7, and Caledon Fire and Emergency Services reminds you to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) in your home by getting all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually.


“In Ontario, more than 80% of injuries and deaths from CO occur in the home,” said Fire Chief Darryl Bailey. “We want to make sure everyone is safe from CO. One way to do this is to get all fuel-burning appliances inspected by a registered contractor.”  Visit COSafety.ca to find a registered contractor near you.


Caledon Fire and Emergency Services also reminds you to install CO alarms in your home if you have a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage. Fuel-burning appliances can include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators, barbeques, stoves and vehicles.


You must have a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage.  For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home according to manufacturer’s instructions.


If you live in a condominium or apartment building with a service room, CO alarms must be installed in the service room and adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the service room. In condo or apartment buildings that have a garage, CO alarms must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the garage.


What is CO?

CO is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.


CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices such as furnaces, gas or wood fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators and vehicles.


Prevent CO in your home

·     Ensure fuel-burning appliances, chimneys and vents are cleaned and inspected annually. Visit COSafety.ca to find a registered contractor near you.

·     Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked.

·     Gas and charcoal barbeques should only be used outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Never use barbeques inside garages, even if the garage doors are open.

·     Portable fuel-burning generators should only be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from windows, doors, vents and other building openings.

·     Ensure all portable fuel-burning heaters are vented properly, according to manufacturer’s instructions.

·     Open the flu before using a fireplace for adequate ventilation.

·     Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor inside a garage, even if the garage doors are open. Always remove a vehicle from the garage immediately after starting it.


Know the symptoms of CO

Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.


If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately then call 911from outside the building.


If your CO alarm sounds and no one is suffering from symptoms of CO poisoning, check to see if the battery needs replacing, or the alarm has reached its “end-of-life” before calling 911.


Know the sound of your CO alarm

  • Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds.
  • Don’t be confused by the sound of your CO alarm’s low-battery warning. Follow your CO alarm manufacturer’s instructions so you know the difference between the low-battery warning, the “end-of-life” warning and the alarm alerting you to the presence of CO in your home.


For more CO safety tips, visit the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management’s website and COsafety.ca.