Halloween is quickly approaching. As you make the final preparations to this year’s costumes and trick-or-treating plans, remember to keep safety a priority. Check out these safety tips before you hit the streets:
- Expect traffic and plan accordingly.
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods during popular trick-or-treating hours, which are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, and on medians or curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Avoid driving distracted. Refrain from performing any activity that may take your concentration off the road.
- Obey traffic signals and use crosswalks.
- Look left, right, and left again when crossing the street. Continue to keep looking for oncoming traffic as you cross.
- Put electronic devices down. Keep heads up and walk, don’t run across the street.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of a vehicle.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left shoulder as possible. Children should walk on routes with the fewest street crossings.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up onto the street. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
- Use glow sticks, flashlights, or retroreflective tape to increase visibility when walking and crossing the street. If using a flashlight, make sure to it contains fresh batteries, and place it face down in the treat bucket to free up one hand. Never shine it into the eyes of oncoming drivers.
- Do not wear disguises that obstruct vision, such as facemasks. Instead, use non-toxic face paint. Also, watch the length of billowy costumes to avoid tripping.
- Ensure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.
- Trick-or-treat in a group if someone older cannot go with you.
- Make sure your children tell you where they are going, who they will be with, and how long they will be gone.