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Nanaimo RCMP offer safety tips ahead of trick-or-treating Halloween night

Have fun but be safe, police say
Nanaimo RCMP are reminding residents have fun this Halloween, but keeping safety in mind. (Stock photo)

With showers forecast for Monday night as trick-or-treaters roam Nanaimo streets, police are reminding people to be mindful and safe.

In a press release, Nanaimo RCMP said safety should be top of mind beginning with children’s costumes. Masks can obstruct vision and if a child can’t see their feet, there is a likelihood they will fall. Face paint is suggested and if a child is set on wearing a mask, parents should ensure the eye holes are wide enough so they don’t obstruct sight. Additionally, parents should ensure the length of the costume does not make it a tripping hazard.

With inclement weather expected, costumes should be able to illuminate and if not, police suggest using reflectors. Parents should also bring a flashlight with fully charged batteries, the press release said.

Parents should have children in sight at all times and cross only at intersections, the press release advised. Motorists should drive slowly, with their “head on a swivel” and prepare for unexpected stops, RCMP said.

Not everyone is taking part in Halloween and police said not to go to houses with porch lights turned off. Parents should go through children’s Halloween bags or containers to make sure there is nothing toxic before allowing them to “dive in,” RCMP said.

Firework displays are seen at this time of year and police say Nanaimo residents must have a permit from the City of Nanaimo fire chief on hand before lighting off. Firecrackers are not allowed, the press release noted.

RCMP hope people have fun Halloween night while staying safe at the same time.

“Halloween is without a doubt the one event that so many children wait anxiously to arrive each year,” said reserve Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesperson, in the press release. “Tons of candy, getting dressed up in crazy costumes, and going door-to-door to receive treats of all kinds. It is also a time where accidents can occur.”

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