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? With Halloween fast approaching, we’ve got some tips to help you keep the spookiest night of the year safe and fun.
- Add reflective tape to trick-or-treat bags or costumes to create added visibility.
- Use flashlights with fresh batteries when trick-or-treating.
- Stay in a group when trick-or-treating to increase visibility and safety.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk near the edge of the road facing traffic.
- Cross the street at corners or in crosswalks, never between parked cars.
- Keep a cell phone handy – you can use it to keep in contact or call for help if needed.
- Kids can easily mix up cars in the excitement and fading light on Halloween. Add a small lighted pumpkin or other decoration to your car’s dashboard to help your children find the correct vehicle.
- Have a costume that fits well to avoid tripping or possible contact with flames from candles or jack-o-lanterns.
- Make sure your accessories are labeled flame resistant or made from flame-resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon.
- If possible, wear makeup and hats instead of masks that can reduce your vision.
- Don’t wear decorative contact lenses unless you have seen an eye care professional. Other lenses may cause eye infections, disorders, and possible loss of vision.
- If you are choosing a popular costume, use flashing lights or jewelry to stand out from the crowd.
No matter what costume you choose, keeping these few key things in mind can help keep everyone safe on Halloween night. Safe costumes for kids can have simple things like reflective tape. Flashlights can also help decrease the chances of falls or other accidents while trick-or-treating.
Have a fun and safe Halloween!