It comes around once a year and parents can forget about the dangers, but with the right preparations and following some tips – parents can help make Halloween a safe night of fun for their children. There are a lot of dangerous pitfalls – it’s dark outside when many children head out for trick or treating – so parents’ number one priority should be: make sure drivers can see your children.
- Children should bring flashlights or glow sticks with them
- Place reflective tape or stickers on their costumes and treat bags
- Another tip to keep children safe -- consider using makeup and not a mask with a child’s costume – children wearing a mask are at risk of being unable to see approaching cars and other hazards
Safe Kids – with sponsorship from FedEx -- wants to help educate parents on how to make sure kids are Seen on Halloween and about Halloween Safety.
Safe Kids recommends that children under age 12 do not trick-or-treat without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to go trick-or-treating without supervision, make sure they stick to a predetermined route with good lighting.
- Cross streets safely. Cross at a corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Don’t assume that because you can see the driver, the driver can see you. Look left, right and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
- Be a safe pedestrian around cars. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Although pedestrian safety is a main concern on Halloween, parents also need to keep in mind that there are other hazards for their children on this holiday. Safe Kids suggests that parents:
- Check treats for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them.
- Remind children not to chew on or break glowsticks because the liquid inside is hazardous.
- Look for non-toxic designations when choosing Halloween makeup.
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