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Posted: October 15, 2021

Halloween safety and COVID-19 restrictions go together

By Cst. Debra Katerenchuk

Soon it will be Halloween and the Elk Valley RCMP wishes to advise the public that safety should be on the minds of everyone.  There is an expectation the little ones will be still be out and about participating in this fun filled night.

The following tips are provided to assist with keeping the little ones safe:

Parents:

  • Ensure costumes do not impede with their ability to walk safely.
  • Ensure face coverings do not impede your Trick or Treater’s sight lines.
  • Do your best to keep the children on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  • Remember to stay in familiar neighbourhoods.
  • Only approach houses that have the outside lights tuned on.
  • Carry a flashlight so you can see where you are going.
  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flowerpots that can trip the young ones.

Motorists:

Please keep your speed down and be prepared to stop suddenly and without notice.

Animals:

BCSPA have identified the following four tips to keep your pet safe on Halloween:

Keep your furry friend inside;

Make sure your pet has updated ID;

Keep the candy away from your pet;

Avoid costuming your pet.

For more information, please visit BC SPCA.bc.ca.

Additionally, with the newly issued BC Health orders effective September 13, people and businesses can be issued a violation ticket for non-compliance.   If you choose to disregard safety orders, don’t be surprised to get a knock on your door from the RCMP, and they would not be looking from treats.

Stay updated and informed on Public Health Orders and guidelines.

– Cst. Debra Katerenchuk is Media Relations Officer with Elk Valley RCMP


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