Halloween is such a fun holiday for kids and we all want to keep it that way. As a parent, you should be aware that there are dangers on Halloween and make steps to lessen the risks to your kids. Unfortunately, the risk of kids being hit by a vehicle on Halloween are over two times as high as any other day of the year. That is a pretty serious statistic. How can you go about keeping your young trick or treaters safe? Here are a few steps:
- Accompany your children on Halloween while they are out in the neighborhood or see to it that a responsible adult will be with your child’s group.
- Lighter colored costumes are easier for drivers to see. You can also add reflective tape to candy bags or to the costumes themselves to aid in visibility..
- Try to keep to well lit streets and sidewalks..
- Let your kids know not to assume that all drivers see them or that drivers assume that pedestrians have th right of way.
- Check that your kids can see through their masks. Lots of masks can prevent peripheral vision..
- Take along flashlights and cell phones.
- Groups are better. A large group of kids is always going to be easier for drivers to see.
- Insist on safety while crossing streets. Let your kids know not to take chances with oncoming traffic.
- Drivers: Slow down. Keep your lights on even if it is still light out.