The Kelowna Fire Department and the RCMP want ghosts, witches and monsters to be the only frightening part of Halloween fun. By following a few safety precautions, parents and trick-or-treaters can help ensure celebrations are safe for everyone.
Halloween Safety Tips:
Choose a costume that is bright, visible and without long trailing fabric that could catch a flame
Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks so cars can easily see them
Stick to the sidewalk: do not jaywalk, even if the house across the road has really cool decorations
Have an adult or an older teenager accompany young children trick-0r-treating
Keep all decorations away from open flames, especially dried flowers, crepe paper and cornstalks
Instead of an open flame, use a battery-operated candle in jack-o-lanterns
Ensure costumes with fake weapons are easily identified as fake
Teach children to stop, drop and roll if their costume catches fire
Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working
In addition to these tips, residents are reminded that the use of recreational fireworks and firecrackers are not permitted in the City of Kelowna.
“On average, the Fire Department will receive anywhere from 40 to 60 calls on Halloween night,” said Gayanne Pacholzuk, Fire Prevention Officer with the Kelowna Fire Department. “Mostly these are related to burning or medical distress.”
“We often find an increase in nuisance, noise and fireworks related calls on Halloween,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey with the Kelowna RCMP. “As a result, we work closely with the Kelowna Fire Department to ensure the public is celebrating safely.”
Emergency first responders will be vigilant on Halloween night and ready to respond when needed.
In addition, RCMP volunteers will be out patrolling neighbourhoods acting as extra eyes and ears for general duty officers. Firefighters from Station 7 in South East Kelowna will also be set up on the corner of Spaarpak and Kimatouche Roads handing out candy and hot chocolate to trick-or-treaters.
For more information, view the full list of RCMP Halloween safety tips and Kelowna Fire Department Halloween safety tips.