Halloween Safety Tips For Parents and Drivers
Halloween night is one of the most exciting nights of the year for children. Unfortunately, your children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car while they are out on Halloween night. As a parent it is absolutely necessary that you know how to keep your child safe on Halloween.
From choosing a costume to planning your route, these tips will ensure your child doesn’t become a statistic this Halloween.
- If you can persuade your child to dress up in a costume that is a light color, great! You want your kids to be visible for people driving past. If your child is set on a dark costume, accent his or her costume with reflective tape or stickers. If the reflective tape is a no-go, insist that your child have glow sticks or a small beacon light on his or her back.
- Avoid masks. The majority of masks will hinder your child’s peripheral vision. If a child insists on wearing a mask, make sure you explain to them the importance of turning their head both ways before stepping foot on a street.
- Make sure that the costume is a good fit for your child. You want to make sure your child has good range of motion and won’t trip and fall because of the costume.
- If your child is under the age of 12, do not let him or her go trick or treating without an adult.
- If your child is over the age of 12 and mature enough to go trick or treating alone it is important that your child stays in familiar areas, stays in areas that are well lit, and sticks with a trick-or-treating group.
- Even though your child has probably been taught to look both ways before crossing the street, it is necessary that your children know the importance of making eye contact with a driver before crossing a road in front of the driver.
- Make sure your child knows that drivers that are turning or backing up will be less likely to see them. If they are every in a situation where they find a driver backing up or turning, they need to get out of the way of the car.
- Children should always walk on a sidewalk and if they need to cross a street they should wait until there is a crosswalk.
- If your child has a cellphone, emphasize the importance of keeping their eyes on the sidewalk in front of them rather than down at a phone.
If you are planning on driving anywhere on Halloween, you’ll want to pay extra attention to driving safely. Make sure that you:
- Avoid any and all distractions. Children will be much more likely to dart into the street on Halloween. Looking down for 1 second could be all that it takes for a horrible accident to occur.
- Drive slowly. Leave with plenty of time to be able to drive slow enough that you could recognize a child jumping in front of your car and stop your car.
- Be extra cautious when making turns or backing up. Go slow, be aware of your surroundings, and watch closely for children in the road.
If you can, avoid driving in residential areas.
By preparing your kids to be safe you can be sure that all Halloween scares are harmless and in good fun this year.