Read these tips to help you and your children stay safe while trick-or-treating.
Halloween is here, which means there will be thousands of children looking to get as much candy as possible out on the streets tomorrow night. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the risk of pedestrian death is 43% higher on and around Halloween. Read these tips to help you and your children stay safe while trick-or-treating.
- To prevent trips or falls, be sure the costume fits correctly.
- Use reflective tape or stickers on costumes to help others see you coming. Glow sticks are also a fun and great option.
- If using face paint, makeup or masks, be sure you or your child’s line of vision is not obstructed.
- Be alert. Put electronic devices away and keep your head up while walking.
- Carry a flashlight or use glowsticks.
- Use crosswalks, when available, to cross the street. Be sure to look both ways and continue to monitor the street while you are crossing.
- Make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you coming.
- Watch for cars backing out of driveways.
- Take direct routes and walk on sidewalks wherever possible.
- If walking in the street, walk on the left side of the road, facing on-coming traffic.
- The best practice is to travel in groups and stick to familiar areas.
- Children should always have a responsible adult with them.
- Use a heightened sense of awareness and stay alert in residential neighborhoods.
- Be prepared to stop suddenly.
- Take extra time to look for pedestrians before making turns, crossing intersections, and entering and exiting driveways.
- Don’t drive distracted (phone, loud music, eating, etc.).
- If you are planning on consuming alcoholic beverages, be sure you have a designated driver to get you home safely.
Have a safe and spooky Halloween!