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A few Halloween tips from local police

The public is advised to please drive with caution and slow down to well under the posted speed limit.

Local RCMP would like to remind the public that Halloween is a fun time of the year.

However, if not done safely, the fun time can lead to some scary problems.

Here are a few Road Safety Tips:

  • Carry a flashlight so you can see where you are going.
  • Walk, don’t run.
  • Stay on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  • Visit houses on one side of the street at a time.
  • Never walk out between cars to cross the street.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Don’t cut across yards or driveways.
  • Obey traffic signals and give traffic the right of way.
  • Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog
  • leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones.

Costumes

  • Make sure your costume doesn’t drag on the ground so you don’t trip.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, even if they don’t go with your costume.
  • Wear makeup instead of a mask. This will allow you to see and be aware of everything going on around you while walking house to house.
  • It is safer to carry flexible knives, swords or other props.
  • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
  • If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame retardant material.

Trick or Treat

  • Only approach houses that have the outside lights turned on.
  • Trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
  • Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything. Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.
  • Discuss with your children what they should do to call home in case of emergency.

Pets

  • Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know.
  • Pets get frightened on Halloween; put them inside to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater.

Fire Prevention

  • Battery powered Jack-O-Lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.

Fireworks

  • Be aware that in many BC communities, the use of fireworks is strictly prohibited by law.
  • Each and every Halloween, hospital emergency rooms prepare for an influx of children and adults with firework-associated injuries.
  • Parents are urged to be alert to the many dangers posed to young people who are allowed to use fireworks at Halloween.

Police would like to remind the public to please remember that on Halloween night, kids may not be paying attention to vehicle traffic, please drive with caution and slow down to well under the posted speed limit.