Firecrackers and bursts of light will not be permitted by the City of Courtenay as we approach Halloween.
The city says the local community is still at high risk for wildfire and the restriction is in place to protect residents from property damage, burns and injuries.
Anyone selling or discharging fireworks in violation of city bylaws could get a fine, according to officials.
They add people living outside of Courtenay but in one of Courtenay’s fire protection districts has fireworks regulated by the Comox Valley Regional District.
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Other fire safety tips for Halloween include:
- Use flashlights, glow sticks, and battery-operated candles instead of decorating with candles.
- Keep combustible decorations made of paper or dried leaves and flowers well away from sources of heat, and keep all exits clear.
- Choose Halloween costumes, wigs and accessories that are flame-resistant or flame-retardant. Avoid costumes with long trailing pieces that could ignite. If making a child’s costume for children, always keep fire safety in mind.
- Teach children to stay clear of open flames and other heat sources, and ensure they know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothes catch on fire.