Happy Halloween! As you start to plan your costumes and carve your pumpkins, here are a few safety tips for drivers, kids, and parents to keep in mind.
Drivers making their way out on Halloween evening should be extra vigilant. According to Safe Kids USA, a child is twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year.
- Obey all traffic regulations.
- Drive with your vehicle lights on, even before dusk. Day or night, driving with your lights on makes your vehicle more visible.
- Check your side and rear view mirrors for children that may be in your blind spot.
- Go slow, especially in neighborhoods.
- Use your hazard lights when dropping off or picking up trick-or-treaters.
- Stop and look both ways at all crosswalks.
- Be especially careful when coming out of driveways and alleys.
Before you take your kids our for their candy collection, here are a few safety reminders:
- Always carry a flashlight so you can see where you are walking.
- Trick-or-treat in pairs or groups. Use the buddy system.
- Be aware of yard ornaments and extension cords that could be tripping hazards.
- Do not, under any circumstance, go inside anyone's home to get treats.
- Use the driveway to approach and leave a home before and after receiving treats.
- Do not accept any treat that has been opened.
Parents, please discuss safety with your little ghouls and goblins before you send them out on Halloween evening.
- Put your kids in light-colored costumes so they are more visible to motorists.
- If possible, accompany small children.
- Make sure your child's costume is safe. Does it fit properly? Is there anything they can trip on? Is the costume flame retardant? If your child is wearing a mask, can they see?
- If you are driving or accompanying your small ones, keep them in sight at all times.
- If your child is old enough to be out without a chaperone - you can use the "Share my Location" feature on your iPhone, another GPS tracking app, or wearable GPS trackers to keep an eye on their whereabouts.
- If you suspect any foul or suspicious activity, immediately call the police.
- Parents should examine all treats before allowing their children to consume them. Throw away candies that have:
- Unusual appearance or discoloration
- Tiny pinholes or tears in wrapper
- Unwrapped items
- Homemade items (unless you know the person who gave them to you and trust them)
- Remove any choking hazards like gum and hard candies from young children
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
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