Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Safety Tips

Trick or Treat Safely
  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar streets that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups. 
  • Know who your children are with and the route they are taking.
  • Tell your children to not eat any treats until you have inspected them.
  • Teach your children to never enter a home or approach a vehicle offering candy.
  • Agree on a specific time to be home.
  • Inspect treats for tampering and choking hazards.
Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 
Walk Safely
  • Walk, don’t run.  Falls are the leading cause of injury on Halloween.
  • Always walk on sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible. 
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Drive Extra Safely on Halloween
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Don’t use your cell phone. 
  • Slow down and be especially alert. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
                                         Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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