2019 October 29
Cst Nicole Braithwaite
West Vancouver Police want to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Halloween this year.
West Vancouver - Consider taking a few precautionary steps when preparing your little ones for the big night, with these safety tips:
- Be Seen: Wear light or bright-coloured costumes to make it easier for drivers to see you. Try reflective tape if your costumes are dark in colour.
- Check your monsters’ masks: Consider using makeup instead of a mask, to ensure that their vision and breathing is not restricted.
- Plan your route ahead: If your children are trick-or-treating alone this Halloween, help them map out a route to ensure you know where they are.
- Stay Bright: Bring flashlights and/or glow sticks. Not only do they make you more visible to motorists, they help you see in the dark.
- Travel in Groups: Remember that there is safety in numbers.
- Be safe: Never enter a house and only accept treats at the front door.
- Check Candy first: Remind children not to eat any of the candy they collected, until an adult has checked it to ensure that it is safe to eat.
According to ICBC statistics, on average, 240 people are injured in 620 crashes on Halloween in the Lower Mainland.
Driver Safety Tips:
- Don’t get spooked: Children may be difficult to see while trick-or-treating. Drive slowly and with extra caution, particularly in residential areas.
- Secure your car: Park your car in your garage or underground parkade. If you park on the street, park in a well-lit area, remove any valuables and ensure your car is locked.
- Plan for a safe, not scary ride home: If your Halloween festivities include alcohol, plan a safe ride home before you head out.
West Vancouver Police and our partners at West Vancouver Fire and Rescue encourage all members of our community to be fully informed about safe and lawful use of fireworks.
Fireworks sales are permitted in British Columbia from October 25th through October 31st. The District of West Vancouver has specific bylaws for firework use within West Vancouver.
Fireworks can only legally be purchased, possessed or used in West Vancouver
- By persons over the age of 18 Fireworks can only legally be discharged in West Vancouver:
- From 5pm to 10pm October 31st
- On private property
- By a person over age 18 with a valid District of West Vancouver Permit (permits can be purchased at Fire Station No.1, 760 16th Street)
It is illegal to discharge, propel, point or throw any fireworks at any person, animal, vehicle, building, structure, or vegetation. Please be mindful that fireworks are explosives that can cause serious injuries and property damage.
Fines for violations of the West Vancouver Fireworks Bylaw start at $500.
By following these simple steps, we hope that everyone can enjoy a safe and happy night. Additional West Vancouver Police officers will be patrolling throughout the District and we encourage anyone who observes suspicious or unsafe behavior to contact us at 604-925-7300.
Have a safe and happy Halloween.