Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

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Fall has finally arrived, it is getting darker earlier, and we are nearing Halloween, a time that is fun for children and adults alike.  Children dressing up in costumes and going Trick-or-Treating door-to-door is a tradition cherished by many.  While this offers a good time for all, it can also pose some dangers that parents should heed to keep children safe. Using these trick-or-treat safety tips can ensure everyone has a safe holiday.

There were nearly 8,000 traffic and non-traffic pedestrian deaths in 2018 (non-traffic deaths include those occurring in driveways, parking lots, or other private property).  It has been reported by The National Center for Health Statistics and Kids Safe Worldwide, that as many as twice as many children will be struck and killed on Halloween as on any other day of the year.  What can you do to make sure your and other children remain safe? 

It is vitally important that children are visible and adults are on the look-out for children when driving down the street, making turns or backing out of there driveway.  Here are some safety tips to follow to prevent a catastrophic injury during Halloween:

Children and Parents Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

  • Trick-or-Treat while it is still light out
  • Have an adult accompany children while they are out
  • If older and a child is going alone, plan and agree on a safe route for the child to travel, preferable only in familiar well-lit areas
  • Wear bright-colored costumes, or use reflective tape, carry a glow stick, or a flashlight
  • Avoid costumes that might limit visibility or obstruct vision
  • Stay on sidewalks and only cross at corners, crosswalks or at traffic signals
  • Beware of cars backing up or turning
  • Instruct children to stay off cellphones and always watch where they are going
  • Have a preset time for your child to return

Motorist Tips

  • It is never permitted, but stay off cellphones and be alert
  • Be alert for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs, where they might not normally be walking
  • SLOW DOWN!  Be alert for children running out between cars, if you are going to fast it might be too late
  • Be extra cautious entering or exiting driveways or when making turns
  • Discourage new or inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

Halloween should be a fun time for everyone, but it is important not to forget some of the dangers that exist.  Follow these practical tips and help ensure that it is not only an enjoyable but safe time.