halloween safety tips
Did you know? “Halloween may be one of the most dangerous nights of the year for kids as pedestrians,” according to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. In fact, children are four times more likely
to suffer a pedestrian-related accident on Halloween than any other night of the year.And while it's important for children to remember to play it safe, all drivers need to be that much more aware on Halloween night.
Children under 12 should not trick or treat without the supervision of an adult
Teach children not to cross between parked cars.
Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape and/or stickers
Light or bright costumes make children more visible at night
Stop at all street corners before crossing and cross only at intersections and crosswalks.
Consider face paint or makeup directly on the face instead of masks that can obstruct a child’s vision. (If a mask is worn, be certain it fits and isn't too loose and the eye holes are big enough)
Carry a flashlight
Shorten costumes to keep your child from tripping and secure hats to prevent slipping over eyes
Be sure shoes fit (adult shoes may be cute but aren't a good choice for trick or treating kids)
Avoid crossing yards (lawn ornaments are tough to see in the dark), stay on the sidewalk
Do not touch anything with a flame and avoid using real candles in pumpkins
Chose costumes, masks, beards and wigs that are clearly marked “flame resistant”
Clear the yard of anything that could trip up a trick or treater
Keep pets away from festivities, they could be frightened easily
Don't forget: The usual rules also apply on Halloween. Children should be cautious of strangers, only visit homes with a porch light on and never enter a stranger's house. And be sure to inspect treats before eating, tossing out any candy with a torn or opened package.