With Halloween just a few days away, I’d like to share a few safety tips for parents of trick-or-treaters
as well as members of the community. *Scroll down for a fun spooky link.
Slow down. A pedestrian is more than twice as likely to be killed if they’re hit by a car traveling at 35 mph compared to 25 mph, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. If you must be out and about during prime trick-or-treat time (5-9pm) slow down and be alert.
Buckle up. If driving trick-or-treaters, always use appropriate car and booster seats and have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the vehicle. Do not make exceptions for large or bulky costumes.
Keep watch. Drivers should look for children walking on streets, driveways, medians and curbs. Excited trick-or-treaters, often in dark costumes, may have reduced visibility, may not pay attention to traffic and cross mid-block or between parked cars.
Avoid distractions, including text messaging and cell phone use, in order to keep 100 percent of your focus on safe driving.
If your little goblins are headed out for tricks & treats – keep the following in mind:
Trick-or-treat together. Parents or caregivers should accompany young trick-or-treaters. If your child is old enough to go it alone, require and hourly check in and make sure they are out with a friend, and plan ahead with the other child(ren)’s parents.
Stay visible. Have each child carry or wear something lit, such as a flashlight, glow stick or reflective tape in order to enhance visibility.
Be costume smart. Avoid costumes that drag, and think twice about masks. Masks can restrict breathing and obscure vision, creating safety hazard to trick-or-treaters. As a safer bet, skip the mask altogether and opt for costume makeup.
Discuss safety with kids. It’s easy for kids to get caught up in the excitement of trick-or-treating and forget about safety. Before setting out on Halloween night, discuss safety rules. This discussion should highlight the importance of sidewalk use and crossing the street safely.
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