There’s no doubt that children love Halloween. They get to go trick-or-treating, eat lots of candy, dress up in costumes, have classroom parties at school, and maybe stay up a little later than usual. However, sometimes adults can get caught up in the fun that their children will have and forget about the safety issues that should be of concern, especially road and pedestrian safety.
Important Statistics to Know
1. Approximately 6,700 pedestrian deaths and about 160,000 injuries that required a hospital visit was due to motor vehicle accidents.
- 15% of these deaths occurred because of low lighting and dark clothing (Very common on Halloween)
- 17% of these deaths occurred because of crossing the street improperly (Also very common on Halloween)
- 15% of these were also due to darting into the road in kids ages 5-9 (You know what I’m going to say here)
2. A statistic no one wishes was true is the fact that children are more than twice as likely to get hit by a car on Halloween than any other time of the year.
These statistics are unfortunate, but very true. It’s best to know what the facts are so that you can plan accordingly and avoid tragic situations that could’ve been prevented.
Good Safety Practices for Halloween
1. This is pretty cliché and may seem like common sense, but some parents allow their older children to watch over their younger children. However, we recommend having a responsible adult to accompany younger children while they’re out on Halloween.
2. Try to avoid masks, since they don’t allow you to have complete vision of your surroundings.
3. Avoid dark costumes if possible. If not, use reflective tape to place on their costumes or give them glow sticks to be seen at night.
4. Plan a safe route for your older children if they’re going alone to ensure they’re exposed to the least amount of dangers.
5. Ensure that your children understand that everyone they encounter is a stranger and should be treated as such. Make sure they understand that they should not get into anyone’s vehicle or go inside anyone’s home for candy.
6. Instruct your children to not eat any candy until they’re safe at home just in case it’s been tampered with.
Safety Practices for Drivers
1. Look both ways and slowly exit driveways and alleys. Make sure that you blow your horn as well to get the attention of anyone who may be walking behind your vehicle that’s not visible to you.
2. Make sure to avoid jumping the curb when driving, as children may be walking there and on medians during the night
3. Turn on your bright lights in places with dim lighting to detect children in dark clothing ahead of time
Some of these may seem like pretty simple techniques, but many people never think about these safety precautions until it’s too late. We want everyone to enjoy their Halloween holiday while remaining safe.
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