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All Treats, No Tricks Halloween Safety

All Treats, No Tricks Halloween Safety

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

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 rearview 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.

Kids

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

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 a 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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