Safety Tips For Halloween [YouTube]
Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for kids. It is also one of the most dangerous.
On average, twice as many kids are killed in pedestrian/vehicle incidents on Halloween than on other days of the year.
Safe Kids wants to let parents know how they can keep their kids safe on Halloween. Coordinator Danette Fadness said there are several ways to keep kids safe.
"Costumes can be both creative and safe,” Fadness said. “The most important thing is to make sure you can be seen by drivers. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obstruct your vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible. Carry glow sticks or flashlights so you can see better, as well as be seen by drivers.”
“Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross,” she said. “Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street. Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Slow down and stay alert - Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and don’t dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.”
Fadness also has tips for drivers.
"Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.,” she said. “Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.”