Both Burnaby RCMP and Burnaby Fire Department want everyone in our community to have a fang-tastic Halloween. Boo-lieve it or not, each year both agencies respond to calls and incidents that can be prevented by following the advice outlined below. We’re asking everyone to be scare-ful this Halloween, particularly young ghosts and ghouls as they make their way around Burnaby trick-or-treating.
Halloween is one of our busiest nights of the year for emergency services in our community so we’re asking that you take a look at our advice below to ensure everyone stays safe and enjoy the night, says Corporal Daniela Panesar with Burnaby RCMP.
- Wear bright clothing or attach reflectors to costumes to ensure you’re visible to drivers.
- Make sure your vision is not restricted by a mask or costume that doesn’t fit properly.
- If your costume includes an imitation weapon, then make sure it looks fake.
- Stay on sidewalks and make sure children are accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Remind your children the importance of being aware of their surroundings. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street. Rather than zig zagging across the street, work one side of the street at a time. Use established crosswalks whenever possible.
- Stay away from animals you don’t know; pets get frightened at Halloween so their behaviours can be unpredictable.
- Plan a route. Make sure you know where your children are going and what time they’re going to check in with you. Identify businesses and neighbours’ homes along the way that your children can ask for help if they encounter a problem.
- Make sure your children know who to call in an emergency and how to make the call.
Halloween tends to bring lots of potential fire hazards such as costumes, jack-o-lanterns and decorations so we want members of our community to be aware of what they should do to prevent fires in their home, says Deputy Fire Chief Darcey O’Riordan with Burnaby Fire Department.
- Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
- Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in jack-o-lanterns. Avoid using real candles.
- Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
- Make sure to test all smoke alarms in your home to ensure they are working.
- Tell children to stay away from open flames including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them, when they visit each home.
- Make sure your children know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. Have children practice this before Halloween. Stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.
Each year children and adults end up in hospital emergency rooms with serious injuries because of fireworks. They are not to be played with. For more information on the rules concerning the use of fireworks see the City of Burnaby website here.