Halloween is a time for tricks and treats. But unfortunately, it can be a time for tragedy too. On Halloween night, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking compared to any other night. Police, emergency workers and child advocates have come up with plenty of safety tips for young trick or treaters. As parents, it’s information we need to share to make sure our little ghosts and goblins return home safe.
According to a survey by Safe Kids, only one-third of parents talk to their children about Halloween safety. Preventable accidents would drop significantly just by having a safety talk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes it a little easier, just remember SAFE HALLOWEEN.
S - Swords, knives and other accessories for the costume should be soft, short and flexible.
A - Avoid trick or treating alone. Even a small group is better than no group at all.
F - Fasten reflective tape on the back of the costume and/or trick or treating bag.
E - Examine treats for any choking hazards, foreign objects or possible allergens.
H - Hold a flashlight and actually use it. Even if you just use the light on your smartphone.
A - Always test makeup on a small sample area of skin to make sure there is no reaction.
L - Look both ways before crossing the street and use the crosswalk when one is there.
L - Lower risk of eye injuries by avoiding decorative, non-prescription contact lenses.
O - Only walk on sidewalks. Kids should stay out of the street whenever possible.
W - Wear well-fitting costumes. Masks, clothing and shoes should not be restrictive.
E - Eat only candy that has been wrapped by the manufacturer. Toss homemade treats.
E - Enter homes of only the people you know and trust. Avoid houses with no lights on.
N - Never carry lit candles or open flame while trick or treating and make sure the costume is flame retardant.
As the homeowner, make sure your walkway is free of obstructions. Don’t put too much effort on scaring your young visitors. Turn on the light. Drivers, remember kids are excited and will be running around that night. You never know when a child will dart out in front of you. Put down the phone and keep your eyes on the road.
These precautions can ensure everyone involved in the evening’s festivities will have a good time.