In Ottawa as in Gatineau, the superheroes, ghosts, princesses, and companies that will storm the streets on Wednesday night for Halloween must remember that there are safety rules to follow for the party do not turn into a nightmare.
Police authorities urge children and parents to respect the Highway Safety Code by crossing the street at intersections and designated locations, avoiding zigzagging. Sign of the times, the Police Service of the City of Gatineau (SPVG) indicates that it is important not to text crossing the street.
Pedestrians and motorists are encouraged to exercise caution during this busy evening. It is recommended to stay on the sidewalks and walk on the left side of the road in the opposite direction of traffic if there is none.
It is also noted, among other things, that it is better to travel in a group for candy collection, that parents should avoid following their children in a vehicle and that vision should not be obstructed. The costume should be as short as possible to avoid falls and preferably be light color or with reflective tapes.
Police also recall that children must always stay outside homes during their neighborhood tour and never allow themselves to be driven by vehicle unless they have permission from their parents.
As usual at this party, adults are invited to check with their toddlers the state of their sweets before allowing them to eat. Treats or fruits and vegetables that are not unwrapped should be discarded.
Ottawa police say that instead of lighting candles in pumpkins, people should consider using cheap light sticks.
Parents are also advised to be informed of the route their children plan to take if they are old enough to collect on their own. We can also agree on a school break.
Again this year, the SPVG, elected municipal officials and volunteers will travel the streets of Gatineau between 5:45 pm and 8 pm on Wednesday. Luminous items will be distributed to costumed children for the occasion.
Those interested will be able to obtain some from agents who will patrol the entire territory of the city or by going to certain parks where police officers will be present. The devices will also be distributed the project, near the streets of Sucre and Chalumeau, in the Gatineau sector.
Halloween could begin with freezing rain in several areas.
Environment Canada issued a special weather report indicating that "freezing rain could start falling on Wednesday morning as it approaches a trough from the Great Lakes". This notice concerns the Liиvre River sector, the Low-Wakefield sector, the Haute-Gatineau, and the Petite-Nation.
"Motorists must be prepared for dangerous winter conditions on the roads," warns Environment Canada.
There is also a "risk of freezing rain" early in the morning on Wednesday in the urban area of the Federal Capital Region.
It is expected that freezing rain will change to rain during the afternoon as temperatures rise above freezing. On the other hand, the precipitation should stop in time for the collection of treats in the early evening.