The Vancouver Police Department and its partners, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, BC Ambulance Service, and the Canadian National Fireworks Association, are asking the public to keep safety top of mind this Halloween by following some simple safety tips:
- Use common sense when picking a costume. Ensure any fake weapons accompanying the costume are clearly identifiable as imitation.
- Be visible. Add reflective tape, glow sticks, or flashlights, to your costume to ensure others, especially drivers, can see you.
- Use fireworks responsibly. Fireworks are only permitted for use on Halloween night. However, you must have a permit to possess and light them, and they can only be used on private property.
- Familiarize yourself with what is legal and what is not. Roman candles, bottle rockets, and firecrackers are illegal. Failure to comply with the rules carries at $500 fine, and puts the user and others in danger.
- Drivers are reminded to be patient and slow down. Drivers should be extra aware of children, who may be excited, and darting around neighbourhoods, and not looking for vehicles.
This weekend, and on October 31, Vancouver Police are anticipating a higher volume of 9-1-1 calls and will have extra police officers working to respond to the increased demand. There will be a visible police presence in the Granville Entertainment District and officers will make extra patrols near schools and parks.