Stay Safe on Halloween Night
With Halloween just around the corner, many families are preparing for a night of costumes, trick-or-treating, and a bucket full of candy. However, in addition to the excitement, Halloween also brings the possibility of safety risks. Each year children are susceptible to a number of risks including pedestrian accidents, burns and poisoning. Understanding these risks and taking the necessary precautions will help protect your children from harm while engaging in their favorite Halloween activities.
According to Safe Kids USA, only 1/3 of parents have annual conversations with their kids about Halloween safety. While one discussion may seem sufficient, children have short attention spans and need to be reminded of correct behavior every year in order to effectively prevent injury. For older children who are trick-or-treating without adult supervision, map out a familiar and well-lit route ahead of time. Be sure to review it with your child before he or she leaves the house.
For those driving on Halloween, it is especially important to remain alert. Most trick-or-treaters make their rounds between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m., but these times are not finite. Remain vigilant at all hours and anticipate irregular pedestrian movement.
Follow the basic safety tips below to ensure a fun and safe Halloween.
Trick or Treaters:
- Make sure children under 12 trick-or-treat with adult supervision. Older children should always trick-or-treat in groups.
- Carry a flashlight. Not only will this help you see, but it will help drivers and other pedestrians see you.
- Only cross streets at crosswalks or street corners. Obey all crosswalk signs.
- Make sure children wear comfortable and well-fitted shoes to prevent tripping or falling.
- Avoid choosing potentially hazardous costumes. These include costumes with excessively baggy clothing or sharp-edged objects.
- Check all treats for any tampering before allowing children to eat them. Throw away candy without a wrapper, or if the wrapper appears loose, faded or torn.
- Turn your headlights on before dusk. This will help you spot trick-or-treaters from farther away.
- Be alert and slow down, especially through residential neighborhoods. Children may not be able to see you as some costumes limit visibility.
- Anticipate unpredictable movement among pedestrians.
- Eliminate distractions in your vehicle that may prevent you from focusing your full attention on the road.