Chair’s Corner: Halloween Safety

It didn’t take long for stores to shift their inventory from back to school supplies to festive Halloween decorations, costumes and props. The excitement has been building as families get ready for the fun in a few days’ time, and I want to make sure all of the little minions, vampires, Power Rangers, etc. (and their parents) stay safe and enjoy their trick or treating to the fullest.

At Halton Region, we take safety seriously. Building safe communities with our residents is part of the Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan, and I’m proud that in August—for the fifth consecutive year—Halton Region was named the Safest Region in Canada. I know that record is because of the committed partnership and the great work by the Halton Regional Police Service and the engaged community we have in Halton.

In order to ensure we keep this Halloween safe too, we all need to work together. Please remember if you’re driving to slow down and pay attention. Children will be distracted during their quest for treats, so please take extra caution. Parents, remember to take flashlights or have your children carry glow sticks so they are easy to see. For more ideas, Health Canada also has a number of tips and hints to consider.

Halloween is also a great time for family fun and getting to know your neighbours. Our HaltonParents team of public health nurses often stress the importance of both spending time together as a family and the need for strong communities in raising happy, resilient children. So, enjoy every step from finding or making costumes, to getting dressed up together, and then getting out and talking with your neighbours.

I look forward to hearing the rings from my doorbell this year. I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”