Monday, October 23, 2017

Prince Rupert RCMP outline some helpful reminders for Halloween

We may be eight days away from the night of haunting, however it's never too early to make preparations to keep the youngest of trick or treaters safe during their rounds on Halloween.

Towards that goal of a safe night of trick or treating, the Prince Rupert RCMP released some hints on Friday, to help parents and guardians get ready for next week's annual tour of the city's neighbourhoods.

Among some of their tips:

Bring a flashlight, and make sure you aren’t wearing all dark clothing so you can easily be seen  

Do not let your children go inside anyone’s house, and don’t get into cars with strangers 

Only visit houses that are lit and decorated 

Don’t pet animals you don’t know – and owners, keep your pets inside 

And to address the potential for pranksters getting carried away on the night, the local detachment had a warning related to vandalism, some advice that is no doubt helpful beyond the one night given over to trick or treating in the community.

Vandalism is not just a trick – it is against the law and will have consequences.

Along with the vandalism warning, the Mounties also issued a reminder for the public that it is illegal to sell give, discharge  and manufacture fireworks. Outlining the range of fireworks and the penalties for their use.

Fireworks include, but are not limited to: firecrackers, cannon crackers, fireballs, mines, roman candles, sky rockets as well as sky lanterns.Anybody found in possession of illegal fireworks are subject to a fine of up to $100.00.

The Prince Rupert detachment also called attention to the city's annual Halloween Fest at the Civic Centre which will get underway at 6PM, wrapping up at 8 PM when the always entertaining Fireworks display will explode over the skies of the City, with Mount Hays serving as the backdrop for the October 31st celebration.

A review of the RCMP's information statement is available here.

For more items related to the work of the RCMP and other emergency responders in the Northwest, see our archive page here.

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