Police are asking motorists to drive with caution on Halloween, and also advise that families follow a few other tips to stay safe when going trick-or-treating. (Stock photo)

Motorists asked to be on lookout for ‘darting goblins’

Police and fire department provide Halloween safety tips for drivers, parents and trick or treaters

Nanaimo’s streets are about to be inundated with hundreds of costumed trick or treaters.

The Nanaimo RCMP is once again urging all motorists to exercise extreme caution throughout the day on Halloween and keep a sharp eye out for “darting goblins.”

“When kids are excited they often throw caution to the wind and everything their parents told them about safety,” Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said in a press release. “For that reason, it is essential parents and caregivers keep their young ones on tight rein when trick or treating.”

Police also advise following a few other tips to stay safe when going door-to-door.

Costume safety includes ensuring children can see their feet when wearing a mask. Masks that restrict visibility can pose a tripping hazard. Costumes should be reflective so they are visible at night to drivers and all trick or treaters should wear appropriate footwear for safety and comfort.

Trick-or-treaters should only go to homes where lights are on. A lighted front porch is often a sign residents are participating in the festivities. Parents should never allow children to enter any home to get candy.

On the streets, parents should carry a flashlight with fresh batteries. If crossing a street where there is no crosswalk, families should stop and look both ways to be sure no vehicles are approaching or that it is safe to cross.

After trick-or-treating for the night, parents should inspect all candy to make sure nothing has been tampered with and throw out any candy with open wrappers.

Both police and Nanaimo Fire Rescue are also reminding the public that firecrackers are prohibited to use or possess in Nanaimo. The sale, transportation and discharging of fireworks within the City of Nanaimo is strictly prohibited, and subject to fines. Simple possession of fireworks can result in a $200 fine on under the city’s fireworks bylaw.

Special permits are also needed by anyone planning a bonfire on Halloween or Guy Fawkes Day, Nov. 5. Permit fees have been waived and permits must be submitted by noon Monday, Oct. 30, and noon Nov. 5.

“If you plan on taking part in Halloween festivities, please stay safe and ensure you have the proper permits in place,” said Umesh Lal, Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire prevention officer, in a press release.

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