Kids look forward to dressing up in scary costumes and gorging on sweets at Halloween; yet sadly, this fun event presents certain hazards. These days, churches and sometimes community centers host Halloween festivities that provide a safe way for children to enjoy the holiday. However, for those who prefer the conventional method of trick-or-treating, here are some tips to keep in mind to minimize the risks:
- An adult should accompany children under the age of 12.
- Use makeup rather than a mask, which can obstruct vision.
- Costumes need to be short enough that they don’t provoke a fall.
- Put reflective tape on costumes, and carry a flashlight to enable motorists to see you in the dark.
- Plan your route in advance, and stick to familiar neighborhoods.
- Walk on the sidewalks. In areas without them, walk facing traffic and as far away from the curb as possible.
- SafeKids advises against using electronic devices on this occasion, a measure that will enable you to walk with your head up and maintain awareness of your environment.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing a street in front of a car.
- Cross a street only at an intersection light or crosswalk.
- Never dash out into the street or walk between parked cars.
- Parents should check children’s candy and discard any items that aren’t in their original wrappers.
For more information, see Halloween Safety Guide: How to Keep Your Kids Safe during Trick or Treating.
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