Making Halloween a Treat for All

Release Date/Time: October 29, 2014 11:26am

Delta Police are preparing for this Friday’s Halloween Celebrations and we will have extra enforcement on the streets planned for the whole weekend.

Halloween should be an exciting time for children and families, so here are a few tips to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun night!

Safety Tips For Parents:

• Plan your route ahead of time and trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods.
• Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries.
• Stay on the sidewalks and off the streets. Cross only at intersections and designated crosswalks, obeying all traffic signals.
• Apply reflective tape to your Halloween costumes to help driver’s see you – be especially cautious if the fog remains.
• If you or your children are wearing costumes with weapons, make sure the weapons look fake enough not to be mistaken for the real thing!
• Remember; take an extra second while driving to watch out for the Trick or Treaters!

If Your Children Are Going Out Without Parents:

• Make sure your child is with a trusted group of friends.
• Give them a flashlight. A cell phone is a good idea too.
• Plan your child’s route ahead of time and ask them to call you if they go on to a street that isn’t on the route.
• Discuss setting a curfew with older children and make sure they have a watch with them.
• Tell your children to try not to eat anything until they get home so you can check their candy

Tips for Homeowners:

• Turn on your outdoor lights and replace burnt-out bulbs.
• Sweep wet leaves from your steps and sidewalk.
• Use alternatives to candles in your pumpkins, such as battery operated candles or flashlights.
• Remember that some children have food allergies – consider having alternatives to candy such as stickers for those kids with allergies.
• Keep your pets inside. Halloween can be frightening for pets because of the costumes and the fireworks; make sure your pet can’t run outside when you open the door.

Fireworks:

Delta Police would like to remind residents that they may not possess fireworks unless they are a holder of a valid Fireworks Permit which would have to be obtained from the Delta Fire Department at the cost of $200. These permits needed to be obtained at least 10 days prior to the event.

If any one is found in possession of fireworks (without a permit) a fine may be issued under Bylaw No. 5855.

• 12.1 Possess fireworks without permit – $250
• 12.2 Sell give or trade fireworks – $250
• 12.8(1) Breach conditions of a fireworks permit- $250

If you see something you think is suspicious, REPORT IT!!

It may be hard to tell if something is really suspicious or just Halloween – if you’re unsure, report it to us!

• Delta Police Non-Emergency: 604.946.4411
• Police/Fire/Ambulance Emergency: 911

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We anticipate that we will busy throughout Halloween night & this weekend with more calls for service than typical. We ask everyone to please ensure that they celebrate in a safe and responsible manner.

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