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Vancouver Police promote Halloween safety

The Vancouver Police Department is partnering with Vancouver Fire Rescue Services, BC Ambulance Service, and the Canadian National Fireworks Association to encourage everyone to have a safe and responsible Halloween.

The VPD reminds the public to keep safety top of mind this Halloween by following these simple safety tips:

• Use reflective tape, glow sticks, or flashlights to improve visibility
• Choose face paint or make-up instead of wearing a mask
• Young children should be accompanied by adult when trick-or-treating
• Stay in well-lit areas
• If driving, be patient, slow down, and be aware that children may be excited, darting around neighbourhoods, and not looking for cars

VPD will deploy extra officers to respond to calls, and will have more patrols near schools and parks, as well as in the Granville Entertainment District.

Drivers should plan a safe ride home if they are going to consume alcohol or cannabis.
Costume weaponry has been an issue for police in the past, from plastic handguns to hatchets to pretend swords. VPD encourages people to use common sense, and to either leave fake weapons at home or make sure they are easily identifiable as imitation.

Everyone is reminded that fireworks are only permitted on Halloween night. They can only be set off on private property, and users must have a permit to possess and light them. Roman candles, bottle rockets, and firecrackers are illegal at all times.