Date: October 28, 2021

Halloween is just around the corner, and we’re expecting to see lots of great costumes when we’re out patrolling this weekend! Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

Fireworks:

- You can set off fireworks on October 31 only, between 5:00 and 10:00 p.m, however, you need a fireworks permit to possess or discharge fireworks in Saanich.

 

Costumes:

- Wear a light-coloured or bright costume, reflective tape or armbands to heighten visibility.

- Wear a costume that is properly fitted to reduce the chance of tripping on it.

- Make sure vision isn’t restricted. Choose a costume with make-up rather than a mask.

- Shoes should fit properly even if they do not go well with a costume.

- Glow sticks are also an excellent method to increase a child's visibility.

- Accessorize with a flashlight!

 

Before the kids hit the streets:

- Parents should know the route that their children plan to follow. If you are unable to take them out yourself, consider asking another parent, or an older sibling to help out.

- Agree upon a curfew and make sure your child is wearing a watch or carrying a phone so they know what time to be home.

- Teach your children to recognize the places along their planned route where they can get help: Police Station, Fire Station or any other well indicated public place.

 

Around the house:

- Keep pets indoors on Halloween to protect them from hazards and prevent them from being scared or aggressive to visitors.

- Many people delight in transforming their homes into spooky scenes. Be sure to keep the path leading up to your door free of obstacles for the little ones, especially those who still decide to wear masks and might have trouble seeing in dim light.

- Before you light those candles in your pumpkin, consider using inexpensive safety glow sticks or battery-operated flameless candles.

 

Although tampering of loot is rare, remind children they must have their candy inspected by their parents or guardian prior to eating them.

 

Some More Safety Tips for Trick or Treaters:

- Bring a flashlight;

- Walk instead of running;

- Stay on the sidewalks;

- Avoid jaywalking;

- Do not cut across lawns or take short-cuts;

- Do not go inside houses and do not get into vehicles;

- Only visit houses that are lit;

- Stay away from animals you are not familiar with.

 

From all of us here at SPD, have a safe and spooky Halloween!

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