B.C. RCMP issue last-minute Halloween safety reminders, tips

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With Halloween happening Thursday, RCMP in B.C. are issuing last-minute public safety tips and reminders.

Local roads and streets will be, as usual, busy with trick-or-treaters, with the busiest times being between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Police are urging drivers to be extra cautious, “as pedestrian traffic will be heavier than any other time of year as young people make their way from house-to-house on October 31.”

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The RCMP is also asking trick-or-treaters to wear lighter-coloured clothing, add reflective clothing or tape to costumes, stay on sidewalks and cross roadways using intersections and cross-walks if possible, adding that zig-zagging across streets is not recommended.

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Sunset will occur around 5:30 p.m., meaning most trick-or-treaters will be walking around local neighbourhoods in the dark. Police say flashlights or other sources of illumination, such as glow sticks and glow rings, are highly recommended.

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Below are tips from the RCMP for Halloween.

Tips for trick-or-treaters

  • Trick-or-treat with your parent(s) or a responsible adult.
  • Trick-or-treat with a friend or in a group if unsupervised. 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.
  • 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.
  • Stay on the sidewalks or to the side of the road. Face traffic when you are walking down a road without sidewalks.
  • Only attend well-lit homes and skip the dark ones.
  • Do not eat any treats until your parents have examined your candy.
  • Never go inside a stranger’s residence or his or her vehicle. If you are being approached by a stranger asking you to go with them somewhere, tell them no and walk away, then call 911 and report the incident. Also tell your parents or a trusted adult.

Tips for homeowners

  • Ensure your house is well-lit.
  • Ensure your property is safe and clear of obstacles for foot traffic.
  • Keep an eye on candles if used. You can use battery-powered electric lights or glow sticks for pumpkins instead.
  • Report suspicious activity and incidents to the RCMP.
  • Make sure your pets are safe and secure indoors for the evening.

Tips for motorists

  • Drive sober.
  • Slow down and be extra cautious or avoid driving for the night if possible. Expect children to dart out from behind parked cars.
  • Watch out for pedestrians and cyclists using crosswalks.
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