Safety Tips for Halloween and Giveaway
Halloween is a week away and kids all over the country are anxiously anticipating dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating! While we as parents want our kids to have fun on Halloween, we also want to make sure they are safe!
Child pedestrian safety expert Moira Donahue with SafeKids USA encourages parents to remind their little ones to be safe when out trick-or-treating.
Statistics show that Halloween is one of the most dangerous days of the year for kids when it comes to walking safely. Consider the following:
– It’s getting darker earlier in the day and children are likely to be trick-or-treating when it’s harder for drivers to see them.
– Children are excited on this night and may be less cautious and move in unpredictable ways.
– Masks may restrict a child’s vision and ill-fitting shoes may make them more prone to trips and falls.
Halloween is an exciting holiday for children, but they can be vulnerable to injury on this night. To ensure trick-or-treaters stay safe, SafeKids recommends that children:
– Always trick-or-treat with an adult until age 10
– Only trick-or-treat in familiar areas that are well lit
– Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
– Look left, right and left again when crossing; always walk, don’t run, when crossing streets
– Make eye contact with drivers and watch for cars that are turning or backing up
– Walk on sidewalks or pats; if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic a to the left as possible
– Never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars
– Wear light-colored, flame-retardant costumes decorated with retro-reflective tape or stickers.
– Wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes to prevent trips and falls.
– Carry a flashlight or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers.
– Wear face paint and makeup; a mask can restrict a child’s vision.
Drivers need to do their part to keep trick-or-treaters safe from harm. FedEx reminds motorists to be extra careful this Halloween and recommends that drivers do the following:
– Be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
– Drive more slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic on and near the road.
– Be sure to drive with your full headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances.
– Take extra time to actively look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
– Remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle.
– Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
– Remember that children are excited on this night and may move in unpredictable ways.
– Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush-hour period, between 5:30-9:30 p.m.
– Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and pedestrians.
Have a Happy Halloween, but remember, let’s keep this holiday as safe for our children as we possibly can!
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I received samples from SafeKids and FedEx to facilitate this review. The giveaway was sponsored by SafeKids and FedEx. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.