Halloween can be an exciting time for families, especially children. Carnivals, trick-or-treating, parties, and haunted houses can all make for a spooktacular Halloween; but moms and dads need to be very cautious when it comes to Halloween safety.
Here are some scary statistics that parents need to pay attention to:
- Each year, only 1/3 of parents talk to their children about Halloween safety, although ¾ report having Halloween safety fears.
- 12% of children under the age of 6 are permitted to trick-or-treat alone.
- Children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car striking them on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
- Only 18% of parents use reflective tape on Halloween costumes.
Follow these safety tips for a fun, magical Halloween:
- All costumes and accessories need to be fire-resistant.
- Costumes should be brightly colored, or have reflective tape added, so that they can easily be seen by drivers of on-coming cars.
- Make sure your children can easily walk in their costumes without tripping. Alter baggy, or oversized costumes, so they won’t drag the ground.
- Eyeholes and masks need to provide enough visibility and ventilation.
- Avoid accessories with sharp points.
- Have children carry a bright-colored trick-or-treat bag, and carry a flashlight.
- Trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods, at homes of people you know.
- Make sure all children have adult supervision while trick-or-treating.
- Teach children to “look both ways before crossing the street”, and NOT to use electronic devices while doing so.
- Instruct children not to eat any treats until an adult can check to be sure they’re safe; then dispose of any candy that is not wrapped, or loosely wrapped.
- Contact police if it appears that any treats have been tampered with.
Adults also need to practice safety on Halloween, even if you don’t have any children. Here are some tips to help keep all children safe:
- Make sure your home is well-lit.
- Clear steps and lawns of anything that children can trip over.
- Drive slowly, and watch for children.
- Don’t pass stopped vehicles.
- Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from being on the roads on Halloween.
- Do NOT use your phone while driving.
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Online references used in this article:
Halloween Safety Tips http://www.chp.edu/injury-prevention/safety/holiday-and-seasonal/halloween
National Safety Council https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/autumn/halloween
Halloween Safety Guide http://www.halloween-safety.com/halloween_safety_adults.html
Safe Kids Worldwide https://www.safekids.org/infographic/quick-tips-safe-halloween