It’s that time of year again – Halloween! Very soon our streets will be filled with little Ghouls and Goblins on the search for candy. Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. There are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury.
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
- NO SCREEN TIME. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
Always Trick or Treat With an Adult
- Children under the age of twelve should always have at least one adult with them. Remember, there is safety in numbers so try to walk in a group. If you feel your older children are mature enough to go out alone, make sure they only stick to the streets they know.
- Slow Down While Driving on Halloween
- While this should just be common sense, there are still some people who are always in a hurry. Please be mindful that on Halloween, there will be a lot of excited children out and about in the streets.
Make Yourself Seen
There are numerous things you can do to help make yourself and your child is seen in the dark while out on Halloween night.
- Decorate your costumes with reflective tape or stickers.
- Have your kids use glow sticks or flashlights.
- Make sure the costumes fit properly to prevent trips and falls.