Safety First – Treats Second

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halloweenNorth Vancouver RCMP is offering Halloween safety tips for kids and parents who will be out trick-or-treating this year.

The North Vancouver RCMP will have extra patrol officers on the streets throughout the Halloween evening to help ensure the evening stays fun and problem free, said Cpl. Richard De Jong of the North Vancouver RCMP. Police also remind the public of the bylaws regarding firecrackers and fireworks in the City and District of North Vancouver.

The following safety tips will help keep youngsters safe this Halloween:

Firecrackers:

All firecrackers are prohibited in both the City and District of North Vancouver. Fines for setting off firecrackers in the City range from $500 in the City and $200 in the District.

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 vendor or the District
• You must be at least 18 years old
• You may not discharge fireworks on public property
• Fireworks can only be discharged on October 31 after 6:00 p.m. and only on private property

Children:

  • Never let children trick-or-treat alone. Have them walk with an adult or a group of friends.
  • Make sure they can be seen. Dress them in reflective, bright color costumes, or fasten reflective tape to their costume or bag. Avoid masks that restrict their vision.
  • Don’t allow them to enter a house for treats, always have them wait outside.
  • Don’t let them eat any treats an adult has not inspected.
  • Ensure safe crossings of roads and intersections.

Motorists:

  • On Halloween night there will be more children on the streets. Drivers need to use extra caution. With the excitement Halloween brings children may forget basic pedestrian safety rules.
  • Drive slowly in residential areas where children are more likely to be trick-or-treating. Reduce your speed and stay alert.