Stay Safe and Seen this Halloween!

North Vancouver

2020-10-30 08:10 PDT

The spookiest night of the year is right around the corner! This year’s Halloween will look a little different, but there will still be plenty of little ghosts, monsters, and superheroes roaming the streets in search of candy. The North Vancouver RCMP would like to remind children, their parents or guardians, and motorists, of a few safety tips to observe this Halloween:

Motorists: 

• Halloween means there will be children on the streets. Drivers need to use extra caution. With the excitement of Halloween, children may forget simple pedestrian safety rules.
• Drive slowly in residential areas where children are more likely to be trick-or-treating. Reduce your speed and stay alert.
• Slow down and proceed with caution when entering and exiting driveways or backing up.
• In general, if you see something, say something. While you are out in your neighbourhood, keep your eyes open for criminal or suspicious activity and report what you see to your local RCMP Detachment.

Fireworks:

City of North Vancouver prohibits the purchase, possession, or discharge of fireworks within the City limits. Fines for contraventions range from $100 - $500.
District of North Vancouver allows possession and discharge of fireworks under the following conditions:

• You must obtain either a permit from the District.
• You must be at least 19 years old.
• You may not discharge fireworks on public property.
• Discharge on private property with the permission of the property owner.
• Fireworks can only be discharged on October 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. and only on private property.

Trick-or-Treaters:

• Never trick-or-treat alone. Always walk with your parents, guardians, or a responsible adult.
• If unsupervised, trick-or-treat with a friend or in a group. Tell your parents or a responsible adult where you are planning on trick-or-treating and when you will be back home. Carry a cell phone if available. Stick to small groups, with a max of six people.
• Carry a flashlight so you can see where you are going.
• Cross the street at marked crosswalks and intersections. Leave space between you and other groups to reduce crowding on stairs and sidewalks.
• Watch for cars pulling out of driveways and backing up.
• Respect others' property. Always use pathways and sidewalks.
• Do not eat any treats until an adult has inspected them.
• Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often.
• Respect homes by staying away if the lights are out.
• Keep to your local neighbourhood this year. Avoid trick-or-treating in busy areas or indoors (in places like malls) since there may not be enough space to distance. Indoor spaces may require a non-medical mask or face covering.

Costumes:

• Always make sure you are visible in the darkness.
• Costume weaponry should be easily identifiable as an imitation. Avoid masks that limit your vision and hearing.
• Wear reflective, bright colour costumes, or fasten reflective tape to your costume or bag.
• Dress for the weather conditions. Wear layers underneath your costume if temperature are cold.
• Try including a non-medical mask or face covering as part of your costume. Do not wear costume masks over non-medical masks or face coverings as that may make it difficult to breathe.

Homeowners:

• Report suspicious activity and incidents to the RCMP.
• Make sure your pets are safe and secure indoors for the evening.
• Get creative when handing out treats! Use tongs, a baking sheet or make a candy slide to give more space when handing out candy. Plan to hand out individual treats instead of offering a shared bowl. Only hand out sealed, pre-packaged treats.
• Wear a non-medical mask that covers your nose and mouth when handing out treats.
• Be more outside, than inside. If you can, stand outside your door to hand out treats. Help make trick-or-treating more accessible to everyone by handing out treats from the bottom of your stairs or at your curbside.
 

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