Halloween Safety Tips

     Halloween is right around the corner! While Halloween brings a lot of excitement, it is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for pedestrians. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the night of Halloween has a 43% greater possibility of pedestrian deaths. Children are 3 times more likely to be killed by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year. With this in mind, it is best to take further precautions to ensure you and your loved ones stay safe while also having fun. Here are some tips to help you stay safe when trick-or-treating and driving: 

FOR TRICK-OR-TREATING 

Use Flashlights and Reflective Gear 

     You want your family to be as visible as possible when out in the dark. Carrying a flashlight can help warn drivers that you are crossing the road. It is also useful for lighting up your path when walking to avoid tripping and falling. Glow sticks can be a fun alternative for kids. If your child’s costume is dark, add reflective tape. The more light you can show others, the safer you and your family will be! 

Monitor Your Children 

     When trick-or-treating, you should accompany children under the age of 12 and go in groups if possible. Young children may get too excited and forget basic caution. Encourage them to walk, not run from one house to the next, look both ways when crossing the road, and be aware of their surroundings. Remind them not to walk in between cars and not go into strangers’ homes or cars. 

Encourage Safe Costumes 

     If your kid’s costume has a mask, tell them to remove it when walking so they can see where they are going. They will be able to see incoming cars better without a mask obstructing their view. Make sure their costume is the correct length and if necessary, trim the bottom of their costume so they don’t trip.  

    FOR DRIVERS 

    Drive Cautiously 

         When driving in residential areas, drive slowly and be on the lookout for pedestrians. Avoid texting and taking pictures while driving and pull over when needed. Don’t drink and drive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report revealing Halloween as the holiday with the highest rate of deaths related to drunk driving. If you are leaving a Halloween party or event under the influence, make sure you have a designated driver or call an Uber or Lyft. 

    Keep Kids Safe in the Car 

         If you’re driving children around for trick-or-treating, make sure they’re always buckled up when going from one spot to the next. If your child’s costume has extra padding, it will be harder for their harness or seat belt to fit them. It is advised to buy costumes without padding or to have your child change into their costume after arriving at their destination. Pull over at safe spots to let children exit the car at a curb and away from ongoing traffic. Use hazard lights to alert other drivers. 

    As the old saying goes, Safety First! Our Sunshine Family wishes you a fun and safe Halloween!

     

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