Kids love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties, and trips to a neighborhood haunted house. Halloween will be here before you know it, and there is often a fine line between fun and safety concerns for moms and dads, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.
Is it any wonder that with so many young children out on the streets with so many distractions that parents' holiday fun is tempered with concerns of holiday safety, especially road and pedestrian safety? Keep in mind that National Safety Council research revealed that Lack of visibility because of low lighting or dark clothing accounted for about 18 percent of the deaths. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year.
Now is the time to plan for Halloween safety. You can discuss the following safety tips with your child or take yourself to keep children safe on Halloween.
Children should avoid trick or treating alone. Instead, children should walk in groups with a mask and or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see.
Try to select a bright-colored costume when possible. Hold a flashlight or glow stick while trick or treating to help see and be seen by drivers.
Look left, look right, and left again when crossing the street. Use crosswalks when possible.
Walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the edge of the road facing traffic when sidewalks are unavailable.
When wearing masks, make sure they fit well not to block vision and make the costumes fit so as not to cause trips and falls.
Remind your child to only enter homes if they are with a trusted adult, only visit well-lit houses, and never accept rides from strangers.
As parents, always check your children's candy before allowing them to eat it. If you are passing out candy, a suggestion would be to have the candy individually packaged, so kids can grab a handle and go.
Those drivers on the road should take the advice of Safe Kids Worldwide to:
Slow down and be especially careful in residential areas.
Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs and sidewalks.
Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.
Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn on headlights earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
Extra Oviedo Police officers will be out in the neighborhoods on Halloween, monitoring traffic and pedestrian safety. We will all be working together to keep children safe on Halloween.