Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is such a fun time – pumpkin carving, costumes, and candy!

However, this time of the year also tends to result in accidents and injuries! About 60% of all Halloween related accidents occur from 5 pm – 9 pm with 23% of accidents occurring from 6 pm – 7 pm (via State Farm). Halloween is the most dangerous day for child pedestrians (children 18 and under) resulting in over 2 times as many deaths compared to other days (via Children’s Safety Network).

Keep these tips in mind when getting ready for Halloween:

Costumes

  • Add reflective tape to your children’s costumes and bags to ensure they can be seen
  • Double-check that wigs and accessories are fire-resistant
  • If using decorative Halloween makeup, test the makeup on a small area of the skin first to check for an allergic reaction
  • Use nontoxic Halloween makeup
  • Remove all makeup before going to bed to prevent any type of irritation
  • If using props, ensure they are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury

Trick-or-Treating

  • Parents should accompany children 12 and under while trick-or-treating
  • Stay with your trick-or-treating group
  • Stick to familiar, well-lit areas
  • Do not eat any treats until you get home and can inspect the candy
  • Never enter a stranger’s home or car
  • Only approach homes that have their porch light on
  • Use flashlights to help you see where you are walking
  • Cross the street at a crosswalk or corner
  • Look and listen both ways before crossing the street
  • If possible, stay on sidewalks
  • If your children are mature enough to go alone, plan and review a trick-or-treating route and time to return home

Motorists

  • Be extremely cautious and aware of your surroundings
  • Enter and exit your driveway and subdivision carefully
  • Proceed at slower speeds than normal to allow time to react to children running into the street
  • Ensure your headlights are on, even during the day, to make you more visible
  • While driving, scan yards and porches to help anticipate children running toward the street

 

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Updated 8/26/2014