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Police expect lots of calls about fireworks tonight; SPCA recommends keeping pets inside

Last Updated Oct 31, 2017 at 6:13 pm PDT

At VanDusen Gardens (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Police asking you not to call 9-1-1 about fireworks unless someone's safety is at immediate risk

BC SPCA suggests keeping pets in a room far away from the door, as Halloween activities could spook them

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Police around the Lower Mainland anticipate a lot of calls about fireworks tonight. But they’re asking you not to call 9-1-1 about it unless someone’s safety is at immediate risk.

In Surrey, where fireworks need extensive permits, RCMP Corporal Scotty Schumann is pleading with people to be responsible.

“Fireworks have caused a large number of injuries [and] have started fires. I think, probably, because they’re being used by young people without adult supervision. If you are going to partake and you do have the necessary permits in place, then having an adult supervisor is very important.”

Police also want kids and parents to choose a costume that will easily be seen by drivers.

“Wearing a light-coloured costume with reflective gear and carrying a light — hopefully, an LED light — is the best-case scenario. That’ll help drivers see the kids. Obviously, they should be remaining in well-lit areas, staying on sidewalks, and have an adult supervisor,” says Schumann.

He adds drivers should be aware that kids will be out trick or treating before the sun goes down. “Especially around parked cars, always be alert that somebody could run out from in between them.”

BC SPCA recommends keeping pets inside tonight

The BC SPCA says pet owners should keep their four-legged loved-ones away from fireworks and costumes. It warns that even the most mild-mannered pets can act out when they’re scared.

The group’s Lorie Chortyk strongly suggests keeping animals away from the action.

“A lot of times, people have a window open or when they’re opening the door for trick or treaters, a pet can get spooked by things and just run out and run away,” she explains.

“We really recommend that you keep your pets inside tonight, possibly in a room as far away from the front door as possible. Put some toys in there, maybe some music to keep them occupied. But just keep them away from where all the activity is.”

The BC SPCA has encouraged the City of Vancouver to ban fireworks.

But when it comes to pyrotechnic grievances, it seems to be a tale of two cities. Last year, Vancouver received 672 complaints during the days around Halloween. Surrey received just 16.