RCMP in Vernon and the North Okanagan are getting ready for Halloween.
“With Halloween less than a week away, streets will soon be filled with kids participating in some tricks or treats and the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP want to send out a few reminders to keep everyone safe,” says Cst. Kelly Brett.
Mounties ask the public to follow these simple yet effective safety tips this Halloween:
-Have children wear REFLECTIVE MARKINGS or carry a FLASHLIGHT so they can be seen.
-Make sure your children’s costumes are properly sized to AVOID FALLS AND TRIPPING.
Use NON-TOXIC MAKE UP on your child instead of a mask so their vision is not limited.
-Always ACCOMPANY YOUR YOUNG CHILDREN when they are trick or treating.
-Always CHECK CANDY before letting your child eat it. Avoid homemade treats or un-wrapped candy.
-Keep kids on a sidewalk or path and don’t let them dash across the street or to the next house.
-Always WALK TOGETHER and cross at a street corner or walk signal.
RCMP also remind the public that no person can store, sell, possess or discharge fireworks anywhere within the city, unless authorized by a permit under the City of Vernon By-Law 5635.
Fines associated to possessing, storing, selling and or discharging of fireworks can be up to $10,000.
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP will have extra resources on patrol this Halloween dealing with any public safety concerns and ensuring our streets are kept safe for our young trick-or-treaters.
“We typically see an increase in calls for service on Halloween, including calls related to fireworks and firecrackers,” says RCMP Cst. Kelly Brett. “Please do your part and keep 911 reserved for emergency situations only.”
The Vernon SPCA reminds residents that pets are safer inside the home, away from any frightening sights and sounds.
“While it can be a fun exciting time for people, we need to remember our four legged family members don’t perceive things the same way we do and extra care should be taken with them.”