With Halloween just around the corner, it’s important to review some safety information with your children and prepare for a safe and fun night of trick-or-treating. According to the National Safety Council, children are more than twice as likely to endure serious injuries on Halloween caused by motor vehicles than any other day of the year. These injuries often occur while crossing the street or intersections, and are also contributed by lack of visibility to due dark clothing and low lighting. Here are a few safety tips to keep your children safe during this fun night.
Costume Caution – See and Be Seen
- When you’re putting your child’s costume together make sure they can be seen in the dark; decorating their costumes with reflective tape or stickers will help keep them visible.
- Masks can keep children from seeing everything they need in order to safely walk around. Instead, try using a non-toxic face paint and let the artist come out in you.
- Give your kids glowsticks or flashlights to keep them visible by other drivers.
- When choosing a costume for your little ghouls and goblins, make sure it’s the right size to prevent any trips and falls while trick-or-treating.
- All costumes, wigs, and accessories should be fire resistant.
Go in Groups
- Make your trick-or-treating a group outing this year. Gather your friends and family so that everyone can help keep an eye out for the little ones.
- While there’s bound to be large groups of families out and about, always stay on sidewalks or paths. Children should walk on direct paths with the fewest street crossings to be safe.
- Cross the street at corners and crosswalks.
- If you’re in a neighborhood that’s a trick-or-treat destination there could be a lot of drivers who are unfamiliar with the area. Be alert at all times and tell children to be aware of their surroundings – especially when crossing the street.
- Both children and adults should put all electronic devices away, keeping heads up and focused on the path ahead.
- Make sure you have a safety talk with your children before heading out:
- Always look both ways before crossing. Look left, right, and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross the street.
- Stay with adults.
- Watch out for turning cars or cars backing up.
- Avoid running in the street or between parked cars.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are usually from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm so be extra careful and alert while driving, especially if you’re trick-or-treating in a neighborhood you’re not familiar with.
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- Give your family extra time for your trick-or-treating. Anticipate to drive slowly, especially in heavy pedestrian areas, and turn your lights on during the day to keep an eye out for children.
- Be prepared for the unexpected. Weather can be predictable and limited visibility due to sun glare, fog or rain can increase the chances of an accident. Rain and wet leaves on the road can also create slick driving conditions this time of year. Click here for more wet weather driving safety tips.
- Eliminate any distractions inside your car so that you can concentrate on the road ahead.
- Take extra time to look for children at intersections.
- Drive slow. Children are excited on Halloween and can move around unpredictably.
- Discourage new or inexperienced drivers from being on the road on Halloween.
We hope these tips help your family have a safe and Happy Halloween!
Source: SafeKids.org, NSC.org