Follow these tips for a safe Halloween!

Follow these tips for a safe Halloween!
Posted on 10/25/2011

Did you know that pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween?  Since nearly 94 percent of children between the ages of four and twelve participate in Halloween activities, parents are encouraged to consider these basic safety precautions that will make Halloween a safer night of fun.

  • Consider using face makeup rather than a mask to give the child better vision when navigating at night.
  • Choose non-flammable costumes or add reflective tape to costumes and candy bags so children are easily seen in the dark. In addition, carry a glow stick or flashlight.
  • Stay with what you know: plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets. Avoid unfamiliar neighborhoods, streets that are isolated, or homes that are poorly lit inside or outside.
  • Never send young children out alone. They should always be accompanied by a parent or another trusted adult. Older children should travel in groups.
  • Walk younger children to the door to receive treats and don’t let them enter a home unless you are with them.
  • Be sure children do not approach any vehicles.
  • Discuss basic pedestrian safety rules that children should use when walking to and from houses. Use sidewalks whenever possible. If a sidewalk is not available, walk at the far edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks or at the ends of streets. Do not cross between parked cars. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will, so don’t assume the right of way.
  • Make sure children know their home phone number and address in case you get separated and encourage them to carry a cell phone for quick communication.
  • Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.
  • Teach children to yell, “This is not my mother/father”, or “NO!” in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. Teach them that they should make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming and resisting.
  • Remind children to remain alert and report suspicious incidents to parents and/or law enforcement.
  • Check all candy before allowing it to be eaten and only keep treats that are in their original, unopened wrappers. Throw away any candy in wrappers that are faded, damaged, or show signs of re-wrapping.

Let’s do all we can to keep our kids safe so they can enjoy this fun and exciting tradition. Have fun!