Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips
Did you know that children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year according to the National Safety Council’s research? With Halloween quickly approaching, it is important to remind your little ghouls and goblins to stay safe and alert as they enjoy trick-or-treating. We recommend the following safety tips.
- Verify your child’s costume and accessories are bright, reflective, and flame resistant. You may consider adding reflective tape to costumes or trick-or-treat bags for added visibility.
- Make sure your child’s shoes and costume fit well to avoid trips and falls.
- Avoid masks that obstruct vision. Face paint and makeup serve as viable alternatives.
- Purchase flexible props. Rubber or plastic are preferred.
- A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children while trick-or-treating.
- Provide the children and their chaperones with flashlights; be sure to install new batteries beforehand.
- Only approach well-lit houses.
- Never enter a home or car for a treat.
- Walk from house to house. Do not run.
- Remain on well-lit streets and stay on the sidewalk or path.
- Cross streets in established crosswalks, not between parked cars or out of driveways. Be sure to adhere to traffic signals.
- Look left, right, and left again when crossing the street.
- If your child is old enough to go trick-or-treating alone, plan a route that is acceptable to you in advance and ensure your child is aware of his or her curfew.
- Communicate the significance of remaining in a group while trick-or-treating if you are not going with your child.
- All treats should be inspected by a parent or responsible adult before the child consumes any.
Source: National Safety Council
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