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Posted on: October 27, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Stay Safe this Halloween

Boy and girl carving pumpkins for Halloween

Stay safe this Halloween. Follow the City of White Rock rules for fireworks, the  COVID-19 safety tips from the BC Centre for Disease Control and safety tips for drivers, pedestrians and homeowners from White Rock Fire Rescue.

Fireworks in White Rock

Fireworks can’t be sold or discharged within the City of White Rock at any time without a permit according to Fireworks By-law 2005 No. 1776.

Trick-or-treating can be done safely by following these tips:

  • Respect homes by staying away if the lights are out.
  • Keep to your local neighbourhood this year.
    • Avoid trick-or-treating in busy areas or indoors (in places like malls) since there may not be enough space to distance. Indoor spaces may require a non-medical mask or face covering.
  • Trick-or-treat in a small social group, sticking to six people.
    • Leave space between you and other groups to reduce crowding on stairs and sidewalks.
  • Wash your hands before you go out, when you get home, and before eating treats.
    • Keep hand sanitizer with you if eating treats on the go.
  • You don’t need to clean every treat. You should instead wash your hands after handling treats and not touch your face.

Celebrate less socially and trick-or-treat locally this Halloween!

  • Skip Halloween parties this year.
  • Trick or treating in small groups can be a safe and a fun activity.
  • Get creative in making space when handing out treats.

Safety Tips for Trick or Treaters

  • If your kids go trick-or-treating after dusk, make sure they have a flashlight and are wearing retro-reflective material. Dress children in warm, light-coloured clothing so that they may be easily seen when crossing the street.
  • Be sure to look for Halloween costumes and other items that are marked “Flameproof” or “Flame-Retardant.”
  • Remind children to skip houses that are not well-lit.
  • Check candy before allowing kids to eat it.

 Safety Tips for Homeowners

  • Many people enjoy transforming their homes into eerie scenes. Be sure to keep the path leading up to your door free of obstacles for the little ones, especially those with masks and limited vision.
  • Keep pets indoors on Halloween to protect them from hazards and to protect 'trick or treaters'.
  • Before you light those candles in your pumpkin, consider using safety glow sticks. Nothing says creepy like a glowing jack-o-lantern.

Safety Tips for Drivers

  • Expect the unexpected: slow down, look for pedestrians. The chances of getting into a serious or fatal collision are multiplied when there are lots of kids and teens out on the streets.
  • Excited kids: Remember that there will be more foot traffic on Halloween night and that most of it will be excited young children so leave yourself extra time to navigate residential streets.

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Have a safe and happy Halloween in White Rock.

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