Canadian Halloween: Safety Tips


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Everyone wants to have a safe and happy Halloween for themselves, their guests and their children. Using safety tips and common sense can help you make the most of your Halloween season and make it as enjoyable for your kids as it is for you!

IMPORTANT: Although product tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything!

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BC's professional fire fighters wish that everyone has a safe, happy Halloween.

Children from age five to 14 are most frequently involved in fireworks-related injuries, and the Burn Fund urges families to offer close adult supervision of all fireworks activities.

Illegal explosives or homemade fireworks account for 30 per cent of the injuries associated with fireworks - those serious enough to require emergency room treatment if they are used by inexperienced amateurs - like burns, lacerations, amputations, and blindness.



Canada allows fireworks in only two categories: family or consumer fireworks and display fireworks. Fireworks are strictly regulated through the Explosives Act, which is administered by the Explosives Regulatory Division (ERD) of Natural Resources Canada.

ERD provides professional safety and legal awareness training and certification for Display Fireworks Supervisors and Special Effects Pyrotechnicians. ERD only permits safe performing fireworks to be manufactured, imported and sold in Canada.


Check with your local Fire or Police Department for by-laws and regulations on discharging fireworks in your municipality. Many municipalities are changing their by-laws concerning rules and regulations regarding fireworks.



  • Adults must take responsibility to supervise all fireworks activities. Fireworks are not toys. They burn at approximately the same temperature as a household match and can cause burn injuries and ignite clothing if improperly lit.
  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions. Do not purchase or use unlabeled fireworks. Homemade fireworks are deadly. One third of the injuries associated with fireworks have typically been caused by illegal explosives or homemade fireworks.
  • It is illegal for minors to purchase and possess fireworks. It is illegal to sell fireworks to minors.
  • Use fireworks outdoors only. Never try to re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned and always have water handy in a garden hose or bucket.
  • Sparklers are often considered harmless fun. However, they can burn as hot as 650° Celsius (1200 °Fahrenheit) and can ignite clothing. As with other fireworks, always use them outdoors under adult supervision. Place used sparklers immediately into a metal container.
  • The majority of the injuries from family or consumer fireworks involve misuse rather than malfunction.



  • Organizers need a permit to set off display fireworks. The actual firing of the display is conducted by a trained pyrotechnic operator and crew. Crowd control is mandatory. SAFETY TIPS:
  • Spectators should obey all safety personnel and respect the security barriers set up to allow the trained operator to safely do his job.
  • If a firework component falls to the ground without exploding, immediately tell the safety personnel. Do not touch the fireworks.
  • Leave the lighting of all fireworks to the trained operator when you attend a public display. Consumer fireworks are not appropriate to use when a large crowd is present.
  • Taking pets to a fireworks display are not a good idea. The loud noises can hurt their ears and cause them to panic. Leave pets at home if you are going to a fireworks show.
  • Regulation alone cannot protect the public. It must be combined with personal responsibility and awareness.

Safety Tips Sources: BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund, Canada Safety Council, Office of the BC Fire Commissioner, and National Council on Fireworks Safety

A Special "Thank You" goes to Margo Bates, Public Relations, On behalf of the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, for providing with this important Safety information.

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For Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Young children should always go trick-or-treating with an adult.
  • Never trick-or-treat alone. Have at least 2 buddies go with you.
  • Take a cellular phone with you if possible.
  • Carry a flashlight
  • Plan your entire route and make sure your family knows what it is.
  • Wait until you get home and your parents check your candy before you eat it.
  • Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside a house.
  • Visit only houses where the lights are on.
  • Walk, don't run.
  • Stay on Sidewalks
  • Obey traffic signals
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods
  • Don't cut across yards or driveways.
  • Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
  • Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground.
  • Shoes should fit (even if they don't go with your costume)
  • Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
  • Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props.
  • (If no sidewalk) walk on the left side of the road facing traffic
  • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
  • Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know.


For Parents:

  • Make your child eat dinner before setting out.
  • Children should carry quarters so they can call home or provide a cell phone.
  • Young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.
  • If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, that can be read in the dark.
  • If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.
  • Older children should know where to reach you and the time to return home.
  • You should know where they're going.
  • Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.
  • Review the above "Trick-or-Treater" safety rules with your children.


For Homeowners:

  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones.
  • Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently bitting a trick-or-treater.
  • Battery powered jack o'lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.
  • If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
  • Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won't be blown into a flaming candle.
  • Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later.
  • Include non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins.
  • Adjust lawn sprinklers accordingly or turn them off during Trick or Treat hours




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