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Halloween Safety 101 for Ghosts & Goblins

Oct 28, 2011

Rogers Pumpkin Patrol Shares Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - As families across Canada count down to the spookiest night of the year, the Rogers Pumpkin Patrol is preparing to once again monitor trick-or-treaters on neighbourhood streets across Ontario and parts of Eastern Canada. On October 31st, 2011, trained Rogers employees in the Patrol will travel in Rogers vans equipped with Rogers mobile phones to volunteer their time to provide a watchful eye and stay connected in case of emergencies.

"The Rogers Pumpkin Patrol is there to not only provide a safe night for trick-or-treaters, but also to offer peace of mind for parents," said Leigh-Ann Popek, Senior Manager, Public Affairs, Rogers Communications Inc. "We are committed to the communities in which we work and live, and it's thanks to the dedication of our employees that we are able to provide this service."

To help families have a safe trick-or-treating experience, the Rogers Pumpkin Patrol offers the following tips and tricks:

  1. Ensure costumes are fitted. Make sure your child's Halloween costume is made of flame-resistant materials and is well fitted. Costumes that drag on the ground can pose a tripping hazard, which can be a serious danger if kids fall while crossing the street. Masks, hats and other accessories should also fit your child properly without inhibiting their vision. Halloween makeup is a safer option.

  2. Make sure your children can be seen. Visibility is a very important safety consideration. Flashlights with fresh batteries, glow sticks and reflective tape are must-haves on Halloween and will enable drivers to see kids as they go from door-to-door.

  3. Always trick-or-treat in groups. Accompany your children when they go out trick-or-treating.  Older children may want to go with friends. If so, plan a route and make them carry a fully charged cell phone in case they get separated from the group.

  4. Check Halloween candy carefully. Treat your kids to a Halloween snack before they head out so that they are less likely to eat the candy they gather before you have a chance to inspect their loot bags. Teach your children never to eat treats that are in packages that have been opened, show pinholes or have other damage. And remember, avoid homemade treats or fruit unless they are from a family member or close friend.

  5. Find help. Teach your children to find a police officer or go to a red Rogers van if they are lost or need help while trick-or-treating.

The Rogers Pumpkin Patrol recommends parents review the safety tips with their children before they head out on Halloween and remind them they can safely approach a police officer or volunteers driving red Rogers vans if they need assistance.

About Pumpkin Patrol
Working with local police departments, the Rogers Pumpkin Patrol is a Halloween Safety program conducted by Rogers employee volunteers who keep a watchful eye on the little ghosts and goblins in the communities they serve.

For more information and safety tips for trick-or-treating, visit www.pumpkinpatrol.com.

For further information:

For more information on the Rogers Pumpkin Patrol, please contact:

Sharon Fernandes
Rogers Communications
sharon.fernandes@rci.rogers.com
647-401-3376


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