SafeKids Shares How to Keep Kids Safe on Halloween
October 22, 2017
O.K., so it’s been a awhile since we were kids, but what a great time it was! We’d get dressed in our Batman and Catwoman costumes with the plastic masks you couldn’t see through let along threat through, grab a pillow case and head out into the night, not a parent in sight. We’d then traipse through the neighborhood collecting our due – and throwing apples into the bushes. (Healthy? Yuk!)
The last thing on our minds was safety.
My how things have changed! Most of us wouldn’t dream of letting out kids or grandkids out after dark without an adult. Now the little ones won’t mind, but the Tweens are definitely not going to like it. Just let them know it’s non negotiable and promise to walk ten steps behind them!
Parents aren’t the only ones looking out for children this Halloween. SafeKids is an international organization focused on protecting kids from unintentional injuries, the largest cause of death in children. They’ve come out with a list of tips to keep Trick-or-Treaters safe this Halloween. And guess what? They agree that kids under 12 should not be out alone at night without adult supervision. So before heading out, please review these tips:
Keep Costumes Creative and Safe
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Ditch masks in favor of face paint. This way there’s nothing obstructing a child’s vision.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right, and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far left as possible.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Drive Extra Safely on Halloween
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 pm so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
After Trick-or-Treating – This One’s from RN & Allied Specialties
- Sit down with your child and empty their bag of candy. Look through everything to make sure none of the candy has been tampered with. If you find loose candy (no wrapper) or if the wrapper is open or torn, dispose of the candy. Better to err on the side of safety!
Have a safe and happy Halloween!