Safety tips to creep it real this Halloween

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
October 31, 2018 - 1:35pm

Nanaimo RCMP have several tips to help Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

NANAIMO — RCMP are asking parents, kids and motorists to take safety precautions during what will be a busy Halloween.

Nanaimo RCMP Cst. Gary O'Brien said motorists have to be aware thousands of trick-or-treaters will hit the streets Wednesday night.

“Kids are told by their parents not to run across the street but they probably will and motorists have to be expected to stop quickly.”

O'Brien said it's suddenly much darker earlier, which is why parents should carry flashlights while accompanying young children. He said costumes should be highly visible that don't impede a child's vision or the ability to walk.

O'Brien said noted another critical safety tip is reviewing all candy and avoiding homemade treats.

“We've been saying this for years, do not let your children eat any candy before examining it first.”

O'Brien said fireworks are illegal within city limits in Nanaimo. He said most times Mounties will seize explosives if their ignited in Nanaimo, but police could go further if public safety is threatened.

“Maybe a message needs to be driven home we can lay charges.”

Fireworks can be set off in Nanaimo if people get a permit from Nanaimo Fire Rescue beforehand.

O'Brien said extra RCMP officers will be assigned to Nanaimo streets for Halloween night.


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