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Oct 23, 2019 Return to Headlines

Have a Safe and Fun Halloween

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, B.C., Oct. 23, 2019 With Halloween quickly approaching, Coquitlam is reminding residents about guidelines for fireworks and safety tips to help trick-or-treaters of all ages, as well as the community-at-large, to have a safe and fun night.

Fireworks

To obtain a fireworks permit in Coquitlam you will need to verify that you have:

  • a person responsible for the fireworks, who is at least 19 years old;
  • plans to keep spectators at a safe distance from the location where the fireworks are being set off;
  • protection of public and private property; and
  • proper fire extinguishing equipment available.

Fireworks (Pyrotechnics) Permit Applications are available online at www.coquitlam.ca/fireworks and must be submitted at least 72 hours prior to your planned fireworks event. Permit fees range from $50 - $100 depending on the nature and degree of hazard of the fireworks.

It is illegal to buy or sell fireworks in Coquitlam and there is a fine of $250 to $1,000 for any infractions.

Did You Know?

  • The risk of fireworks injury is highest for children ages 5–14.
  • More than 80 per cent of emergency room fireworks injuries involve fireworks that consumers are permitted to use.
  • The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns.

Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

  • Choose costumes that are bright or reflective and that don’t drag on the ground.
  • Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks to increase visibility.
  • Ensure kids scan see clearly through masks or choose makeup instead.
  • Use battery-operated candles for jack-o-lanterns and other decorations.
  • Keep matches, lighters, candles, and fireworks out of children’s reach.

Safety Tips for Drivers

  • Expect the unexpected – slow down and look for pedestrians. The chance of a serious or fatal collision increases when there are lots of kids and teens out on the streets.
  • There will be more foot traffic on Halloween night and most of it will be excited young children so give yourself extra time to navigate residential streets and be especially mindful while driving.

Safety Tips for Pets

  • Keep pets inside so they have fewer opportunities for confrontation with trick-or-treaters. Fireworks and costumed strangers can be terrifying for pets potentially causing them to run away from home, jump out of open windows or dart into traffic.
  • Make sure your dog or cat wears identification and a permanent ID registered with the BC Pet Registry (such as a tattoo or microchip) in case they run away.
  • If your pet finds the doorbell disturbing, consider disconnecting it for the night.
  • Keep human treats out of your pet’s reach – candy is unhealthy for pets, particularly chocolate which can be toxic.
  • Don’t take your pet with you trick-or-treating as the strange sights, sounds and activity can cause a normally friendly dog to bite if it feels scared or threatened.
  • Be mindful that dressing your pet in a costume may make them uncomfortable or inhibit their ability to communicate. This may cause dogs to display fearful or aggressive behaviour or be subjected to aggressive behaviour from other dogs.

For more information visit  www.coquitlam.ca/seasonalsafety.

Media contacts:

Ron Beatty
Assistant Fire Prevention Chief
City of Coquitlam
rbeatty@coquitlam.ca
604-927-6408

Andrea McDonald
Manager
Bylaw and Animal Control Services,  Bylaw Enforcement
amcdonald@coquitlam.ca   
604-927-7378