Halloween is a great opportunity for parents and their children to explore their community and meet their neighbors. However, as little monsters, ghosts, and goblins come out to play on Halloween, kids and parents should take a few extra precautions to remain safe. While trick-or-treating is a lot of fun and can be a great source of exercise, night time conditions, distractions, and dark costumes can lead to lower visibility.
To help keep you and your trick or treaters safe, here are some tips while out trick or treating:
- Accompany children and remind them to look out for cars when crossing the street and across driveways.
- Always use sidewalks and crosswalks; do not cross mid-block or between parked cars.
- If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and cross at corners.
- Be cautious when stepping out into the street. Don’t ever assume a motorist will stop for you or your children. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
- Carry glow sticks or flashlights to help illuminate and alert drivers.
- Wear lighter-colored costumes that are visible to drivers and/or add reflective material.
- Choose costumes that don’t obstruct the ability to see or that create a tripping hazard, such as masks, large hoods, long capes and skirts.
- Do not be distracted – put down the cell phone and stop texting.
Ensure Halloween safety by serving as a role model to kids by practicing safe pedestrian behavior and following the above tips.
Be safe, be seen, and have a fun and Happy Halloween!!
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